Assamese film wins 3 top awards at US fest

Los Angeles, July 28 : Assamese film “Xhoihobote Dhemalite” (“Rainbow Fields”) today bagged three top awards at the 3rd Love International Film Festival here including best movie.

Besides the best film, it also won the awards for best actress (Dipannita Sharma) and best music (Anurag Saikia) at the festival, where more than 150 films from 36 countries participated.

The film, directed by Bidyut Kotoky, deals with the sensitive issue of children of Assam growing up in violent times and witnessing brutality around them.

Receiving the award, Kotoky said, “In ‘Xhoihobote Dhemlite’, we always believe that we are making a world cinema in Assamese language. Our emotions respect no geographical barriers – we don’t need a language to laugh or to cry. Thank you Love International Film Festival for re-affirming our faith.”

Earlier in the day, “Xhoixobote Dhemalite” arguably became the first Assamese film to be commercially released in the US, with four shows screened at the Cine Grand Cinema Fremont (California).

“I’m extremely delighted to receive such a wonderful award. Really overwhelmed I would like to thank jury members, director Bidyut Kotoky, sound designer Amrit Pritam Dutta, film mixing engineer Debajit Changmai, music mixing engineer Bhaskar Sarma and each and every member of the film ‘Xoihobote Dhemalite’,” said Saikia.

Sharma was also elated over her win.

“I’m just happy that I won my first best actress award for a film in my native language and on an international platform. It’s celebration time for the whole team,” she said.

Based on true events, the film also features seasoned actors like Victor Banerjee, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua.

The film is produced by ‘India Stories’, a Mumbai-based production house and co-produced by Kotoky’s Dhruv Creative Productions and US-based Kurmasana Kreates.

Kotoky says while he was struggling for funds for the film’s completion, Dubai-based philanthropist Jani Viswanath came on board as an executive producer and also pledged her earning from the film back to Assam via her NGO Healing Lives. PTI

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