“Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare” produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and directed by Mumbai based Assamese director Bidyut Kotoky bags two awards at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF). “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare” was awarded for best script and best actor.
The script was done by the director himself while Sanjay Suri got the best actor award for his role of journalist Abhijit Shandilya in the film. The film is shot in the background of Assam’s biggest river island Majuli, which was devastated by insurgency, and the notorious kidnapping case of social activist Sanjoy Ghosh, who was first abducted in 1997 by an extremist group from the river island and subsequently killed.
Directory Kotoky reacts “Having gone through what the film and we had to this news come as a breath of fresh air. I’m obviously happy with the award, but happier with the fact that perhaps I have been able to take our story across boundaries to the world at large, somewhat successfully. The river is flowing now… and hopefully this flow will bring some hope to our Assamese Film Industry as well,”
Sponsored by Ceasar Productions, DCSAFF aims to give South Asian filmmakers from around the world a chance to exhibit their films to the diverse cine-going audience of the nation’s capital. The Festival brings together a wide variety of films from across South Asia and includes films in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, and Telegu.