Yet another milestone in the journey of Assamese film ‘Xhoihobote Dhemalite’ (Rainbow fields) directed by National Award winning filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky -the film is getting ready to be released in Kolkata’s film & cultural hub Nandan (2) on 15th of June. Perhaps, it is the first Assamese film to be released commercially in this prestigious center.
The film, based on true events, narrates the psychological trauma children went through during the period of agitation in the 1980s in Assam. The film features legendary Victor Banerjee in a key role. Supermodel Dipannita Sharma has made her debut in Assamese movies with this film. Besides, the film features seasoned actors like Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam and Nipon Goswami.
In 2017, the film was premiered in prestigious Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. It has won the ‘Best Foreign Film Award’ in the Hollywood International CineFest. The film also has own 8 nominations in the Love International Film Festival, scheduled to be held in Los Angeles in the last week of July.
Talking about the film, Mr. Victor Banerjee said, “Working for Bidyut is a delightful privilege because he treats me with the indulgence that an old fool like me has earned and deserves. Bidyut’s almost unflappable personality makes it comfortable for every actor and in “Dhemalirey” his handling of child actors will amaze audiences just as much as it charmed and fascinated me.”
Narrating more on his film, the filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky said that ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’(Rainbow Fields)is a semi autobiographical film. “It is based on the life of children growing up in the Assam of 1980s, those violent times… and how that violence affected their life. In this film I’m talking about Assam as I know her better than any other place. But the story of Xhoihobote Dhemalite or Rainbow Fields could very well have been a story of children in conflict zone from any part of this world,” said he.
The film is produced by ‘India Stories’, and co-produced by Bidyut’s ‘dhruv creative productions. It can be mentioned here that while the film was struggling for the completion fund, convinced by the fact that this story is need to be told, a Dubai based philanthropist Ms Jani Viswanath came in board as an executive producer by providing the required funds. She also pledged her earning from the film back to Assam via her NGO ‘Healing Lives’.