Focussed on the psychological trauma that children went through during the Assam Agitation, Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) is another talked-about film by talented filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky. Known for dabbling in content that strike a chord with people everywhere, Kotoky has received much love from movie lovers outside the State and the country for Xhoixobote Dhemalite. The movie is finally back for a much-awaited homecoming, and will be screened in theatres across Assam from February 8.
The film starring Victor Banerjee, Dipannita Sharma, Nipon Goswami, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam and many others, has won multiple awards at numerous international festivals namely Best Screenplay Award at Treasure Coast International Film Festival in Florida; Best Film, Best Actress (Dipannita Sharma) and Best Music (Anurag Saikia) in the Love International Film Festival, Los Angeles; Best Narrative Feature in 2018 Erie International Film Festival (EIFF), Pennsylvania (USA); Best Film at Hollywood CineFest and Best Script Award at Veritas Film Festival, Florida.
Kotoky shares that, from the very beginning, he was keen on making ‘world cinema’ in Assamese, and with Xhoixobote Dhemalite, he has been able to do just that. ‘I am so happy that people outside the country have been open enough to watch a movie from a place that they may not know much about, and are still being able to identify with the story, characters and emotions portrayed, in some way or another.’
The film was originally released in Assam sometime last year but unfortunately it didn’t get enough screen time for different reasons, and so this time Kotoky is hoping that people in Assam will take the time to enjoy the film. ‘The film was screened everywhere and people loved it and it has been a wonderful experience but something was missing. I felt incomplete as the audience in Assam didn’t get a chance to enjoy it. So when GPlus approached me to re-release it, I was more than happy.’
In the last few years, movie lovers haven’t always turned out in huge numbers to watch an Assamese movie, aside from a few like Local Kungfu and Village Rockstars. We asked Kotoky whether he was worried about the trend. He wisely stated, ‘I don’t want people to come to the theatres because it is an Assamese film. I believe there are two kinds of movies, good ones and bad ones. I would never want anyone to waste time watching a bad movie, so I want people to come and try it on the first day and if they like it, they can spread the word and more people will come. If they think it is good, I want them to enjoy it.’