Against all odds, first Assamese release of 2022 set to hit screens on January 7

After two consecutive dull years for cinema in Assam, the first release of 2022 from the region will hit the screens on January 7. Presented by Rivan Production, Ekalavya will be released on as many as 30 screens across Assam.

Directed by Alfred, Ekalavya promises to be a wholesome family entertainer with an all-inclusive package of romance, action, thrill and drama while no plot details, in particular, were revealed.

The cast of this action bonanza includes new leads Kamal Lochan and Roopchanda Sarma, along with Himanshu Gogoi, Atanu Mahanta, Karishma Puzari, Mukut Nath, and veterans Chinmoy Kataki, Mala Goswami and Arun Nath.

Actor Kamal Lochan, who was previously seen in Himanshu Prasad Das’ Goru, says, “It’s a technically superb and well-made film, by people who are highly trained in their fields both behind and in front of the camera. It will not disappoint viewers.”

The film is shot by Asutosh Kashyap, who completed his cinematography course at the London Film Academy and has already received praises for his work in films like Vishal P. Chaliha’s Sijou and Pranjal Gayari’s short film Xur Bahini. Meanwhile, National Award winner Debajit Gayan is in charge of the sound department.

“The film’s style and approach are innovative, and it is made per the updated standards of present times,” says actor Chinmoy Kataki.

Shot across multiple locations including Guwahati, Sonapur, Chandrapur and Morigaon, the shooting of the film however was not easy. “Starting principal photography in January after the first wave Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, the problems surrounding the film has been consistent since the second wave restrictions again brought in severe blockades,” stated Kataki while speaking to the media.

In the face of its supposed clash with S. S. Rajamouli’s RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt), the film had also faced multiple challenges in securing sufficient shows in the theatres. But since RRR has now been postponed given the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, it has cleared the path for Ekalavya.

However, the situation in Assam brings in a new factor for concern for Ekalavya. Earlier it was Achinta Sankar’s Pratighaat that suffered unable to complete its first week run due to the anti-CAA protests in the state in 2019.

Meanwhile, the songs and music videos of the film have already made an impression on the viewers. The music of the movie is helmed by Arup Jyoti Baruah of Cultivators with lyrics written by Mrinal P Jyoti and Rahul Gautam Sharma and voices lent by Zubeen Garg, Deeplina Deka, Kaysee and also Baruah himself.

Produced by Ritwik Saikia, Partha Pratim Choudhury, Syed Aziz Haque and Alaka Saikia, Ekalavya is expected to rejuvenate the film industry of Assam and its success will restore hope for other Assamese films in the pipeline.

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