Bangalore youth group to host Assamese movie night

What? Directors Cut with Biswajeet Bora | Bahniman movie screening
When? March 18 and 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Where? Nrityakshetra Kasturi Ranga Mandira, Hoysala Nagar, Horamavu, Bengaluru
Tickets - | 96639 11882

PR Entertainment, a Bangalore based event management organization brings Directors Cut with Biswajeet Bora, an exclusive screening of his Assamese film "Bahniman", in Bangalore on March 18 and 19, 2017. The exclusive event will also feature a candid Q&A on filmmaking with the director, and live performances by various artists.

Bahniman is an Assamese movie directed by Biswajeet Bora and was released on 02 December, 2016. The movie features Yashpal Sharma, Jatin Bora and Rimi Hazarika as lead characters. Other popular actors who were roped in for the movie are Arun Hazarika, Baharul Islam, Bishnu Khargharia, Nihal Das, Champak Sharma, Rina Bora, Chetana Das, Mahadev Deka, Pooja Kasekar and many other budding actors and actresses from Assam. The movie is under the banner of Santoshi Maa Production and is produced by Barnali Hazarika.

Assam’s almost 80-year old Assamese film industry has a rich legacy of some great artistic as well as some thought-provoking and entertaining work. Starting way back in 1953, this industry has generated an immensely influential yet compelling body of work. Through the works of numerous stalwarts, especially Bhabendra Nath Saikia and Jahnu Barua, Assamese cinema has developed a languid, and poignant yet sensitive style of movie storytelling.

Over its long history, the Assamese film industry has come through a long period of change. While over the years, movies from Assam have been felicitated and well received in the National Awards, Assamese cinema has never really managed to break through on the national scene. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Assamese film industry has itself seen a metamorphosis of sorts with the emergence of Bollywood-style Assamese movies, with tried and tested storylines, uninteresting plots and characters and the lack of a social message.

Coupled to this, the lack of adequate infrastructure has led to a dwindling interest in Assamese movies and moviemaking in general. Most cinema halls in Assam are dirty, with poor lighting and obsolete sound systems. Even as traditional halls in larger cities bring in advanced technology to catch up, and with more multiplexes opening up, moviegoers are increasingly preferring more of Bollywood and international movies. This crisis has been ongoing for over two decades now, with cinema halls in the state having declined from 160 about 20 years back to 38 halls last year, leading to mounting losses for theatre owners and distributors.

What is required in Assamese cinema now is movies with good content - story, music, relevance, and a strong social message. As more emerging directors, producers and actors take to making quality, meaningful cinema, Assamese films are set for a revival. Recent works from Assamese directors, such as ‘Bahniman’, 'Doordarshan' and 'Kothanodi' has amply proved that Assamese cinema is far from dead. Assamese audiences today are rediscovering something worthy of watching in cinema halls, and the works of directors like Biswajeet Bora are a testimony of that resurgent passion. Biswajeet is a director who knows the craft very well, and is detailed and meticulous in his approach to moviemaking.

About Biswajeet Bora

Biswajeet Bora, who is also well known for his films like "Aisa Ye Jahan", is a prominent emerging director from Assam. Initially, Biswajeet wanted to be an actor and being from Assam, he started with theatre. He did a lot of work as an actor and also directed a few plays. Following this, he moved to Mumbai where he joined an editing studio and started working as an editor. Then he assisted internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua for several years before making his own foray into film direction, including the Assamese film Ejak Jonakir Jhilmil (A Thousand Fireflies Sparkle) in 2007. In 2009 he made the documentary – Angel of the Aboriginals: Dr Verrier Elwin. This documentary was selected for several international film festivals, including the ‘Bollywood Beyond Film Festival’ in Germany and the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) in Turkey.

About PR Entertainment

PR Entertainment was established in 2017, with the intention of promoting regional films across the metros in India. The initiative aims to bring regional cinema to people who are living far away from their native states would get the opportunity to enjoy their regional movies. This in turn would help regional cinema filmmakers to maximise their viewers along with better revenue generation, while taking the distributors out of the mix. PR Entertainment also focuses on helping new talent to promote and showcase their work in and through digital media.

Edited by Siddharth Tanti

Director's Cut with Biswajeet Bora's Bahniman