Journalist Karma Paljor and actor Boman Irani sharing a light moment during BVFF 2018 Credit: File image

Guwahati: Watching movies is a passion for many. Films bring us closer to reality and at times, help us escape from the same reality. With an effort to bring such handpicked cinema to the fore, the seventh edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) is all set to mesmerise audiences in Assam from September 26 to 29.

This four-day cinematic extravaganza will be organised at ITA Machkhowa in Guwahati. Internationally and nationally acclaimed directors, film critiques, actors and enthusiasts will come together at the popular film festival.

Prabal Baruah, director of ‘Strawberry Point’

Prabal Baruah, who directed India’s first-ever single-actor/character thriller movie Strawberry Point, will have its first public screening at BVFF. Baruah, who will be accompanied by lead actor Karan Oberoi and music director Ajay Sinha, is excited about the prospect of a first public screening at his hometown. “I am quite excited and nervous at the same time. BVFF is a prestigious film festival and I am looking forward to reactions from my family, friends and the public towards my movie,” he said.

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Explaining why one must not miss Strawberry Point, Baruah said, “Mystery and suspense are the film’s main features. With twists in the plot at the right moments, this movie is a nail-biter as the protagonist goes on a quest to find his missing wife, uncovering secrets and truths of his house and his wife at the same time.”

Nicholas Kharkongor, director of ‘Axone’

Meanwhile, Nicholas Kharkongor, director of Axone, too will be present for this year’s film festival. The movie, which looks into the Northeast culture in New Delhi, has already created quite a buzz on social media. The film is on its way to hit the film festival circuits in London in October.

“I have always wanted to make films for the people of Northeast and that too about Northeast itself,” said Kharkongor, when asked about his passion for the art of filmmaking. He will also be sharing stories from behind the scenes from a director’s point of view during the film festival on September 27.

Adil Hussain stars in ‘Meal’, which will be screened at Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival

Meal, India’s only official entry at the prestigious Oscar-qualifying 44th Odense International Film Festival 2019 in Denmark, will also be screened at BVFF. The film stars Adil Hussain, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Arun Mukherjee, and Avishek Jain.

Talking about the movie, Hussain, who hails from Assam, said, “It’s a breakdown of a dysfunctional lower-middle-class family caused by poverty and lack of love.”

With the expectation of better films and more participation in terms of the number of films, Hussain will be a panellist in the ‘Dialogues’ section during the festival.

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