GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - Bhoga Khirikee (Broken Window), the latest directorial venture of national award winning director-filmmaker Jahnu Barua, will be the inaugural film of the second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) to be held here from October 25 to 31.
It is the first Assamese film to be produced by Purple Pebble Pictures owned by star actress Priyanka Chopra and Easterly Entertainment owned by Shahnaab Alam in association with RA Creations. The producers of the film are Priyanka Chopra, Dr Madhu Chopra and Shahnaab Alam.
The film, starring Bishnu Khargharia, Seema Biswas, Zerifa Wahid, Joy Kashyap, Sanjay Khargharia, Kasvi Sharma and Mohammed Ali Shah, will be screened during the opening ceremony of the film festival at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra on October 25, a statement said.
On October 26, the film will be released countrywide in some selected cities having a sizeable number of Assamese inhabitants, besides Assam, Dr Madhu Chopra stated during a press conference held at Jyoti Chitraban here today, where the first poster of the film was also unveiled.
Talking about his 16th cinematic venture, Jahnu Barua said, �I had the story in mind for many years and Zerifa Wahid took the very first initiative to make a film on it. Today, I am very happy and grateful to the organisers of the GIFF for making it the inaugural film of this year�s festival.�
Barua, who bagged the national award for the best director in 1995 for the film Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door, further said, �In my films I like to tell the story of Assam. This film also tells a story of my land. Every window has a story, every window tells a story... especially the broken one.�
Expressing his gratitude to the team of Bhoga Khirikee, the director said, �While directing a film, I don�t normally listen to anyone, not even the producer; but I�m very grateful to the team members for their kind cooperation and excellent work in visualising the story. In art direction and music especially, Phatik Baruah and Ibson Lal Baruah respectively have done a wonderful job.�
Dr Madhu Chopra added, �The movie is about trust and hope... how our own people break the trust and hurt us.�
�I am very happy to work with Jahnu Barua, who is a master of his craft,� Dr Chopra added.
Pabitra Margherita, Chairman of Jyoti Chitraban film studio and one of the core organisers of the GIFF, informed that 108 films from 50 different countries will be screened during the festival. The films include around 16 movies from 10 Asian countries, as the Festival organisers have chosen to keep Asia as the region in focus this time, he added.