‘Boroxun: Songs for Rain’, an Assamese feature film, has made its mark at the 21st New York Indian Indian Film Festival by securing nominations in the categories of Best Director and Best Actor.
Boroxun, a film based in Upper Assam, narrates the stories of locals yearning for rain. It shows the plight of the villagers who experience drought and their earnest prayers for the arrival of rain. The film is a directorial debut of the very talented Krishna Kt. Borah, whose hard work was rewarded with a nomination.
Best Actor: Deep Jyoti Kalita
Speaking with EastMojo, Jemini Phukan, the producer, said, “My experience was outstanding. I feel blessed to have worked with such an amazing team comprising talented young boys and girls. They were mostly from the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), and were pretty clear about their vision on how they want to see this on-screen. These things made my job easier as a producer.”
Speaking about the planning, she said, “We were very particular about our schedule, our script, budget, and every minute aspect to produce a film. It was all well-organised, so it was quite a meticulous task.”
The movie’s release date has not been announced, but it is likely to hit the screen next year.
The movie was shot in a village in Teok, Jorhat district, Assam.
Jemini said, “The location was quite aesthetic and as it was the local home ground of our director Krrishna Kt. Borah, so it was easy for him to study the subject very efficiently. The best part was that the villagers in the village were quite supportive and you could even see them participating in the film as well. Plus, it was an amazing experience for all the enthusiast debutants working in the film.”
Speaking about the kind of response that they have received from this milestone, she said, “Even though this was our debut feature film, we were quite positive and confident on the hard work that we’ve invested in making this film. The journey was quite beautiful. When you receive this kind of love for your first film, it feels more uplifting, right? To some extent, we expected that we’ll receive something fruitful with this film. We won’t just be unnoticed.”
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), North America’s oldest and most prestigious film festival, which features cinema from India, and the Indian Diaspora, has announced its full lineup. The festival dates are June 4-June 13, 2021.