Assamese film wins three top awards at US fest
Los Angeles, July 28 (PTI): 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. 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). 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.