Guwahati: The 6th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2018 got underway at Pragjyoti ITA Centre in Guwahati on Wednesday. Film Personalities such as Boman Irani, Shakun Batra, Shanaab Alam and Ronnie Lahiri will be a part of the four-day event that will culminate on December 1. This year, the schedule includes film screenings, interactive sessions, panel discussions and film quiz, among others.
Many films from across India will be screened at the festival. The opening film of the festival, Spring Thunder, directed by Sriram Dalton, witnessed its India Premiere at the festival. Dalton, along with lead actor Ravi Shah, addressed the press conference on the opening day of the festival on Wednesday. Tanushree Hazarika, Festival Director of Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival, delivered the welcome address.
Spring Thunder showcases the tussle between development and sustainability, in the context of rural India. The film is set up around the uranium mining region of erstwhile Bihar (now Jharkhand) and Chhattisgarh, and the crime, money, politics and rage that come associated with it. It showcases over a lakh tribals struggling to save their ‘water, land, and forest’ (jal, jangal and jameen). National award-winning filmmaker Dalton directed the film with over 200 crew members in three years, during which he went to the region to highlight its issues. Renowned composer Lesle Luise has given the music for the film. The film is been made in Hindi but encompasses four regional languages of eastern India, including the ancient tribal language Kuduk.
Over the next three days of the festival, acclaimed films such as What Will People Say, Devil, Nani Teri Morni, Ralang Road, Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock, Chor (The Bicycle), Endharor Bheta Bhangi…(Breaking the Cocoon), Do Cup Chai, Adi- At The Confluence, The Lost Idea and IYE : The Others, among others, will be screened.
Anupam Kaushik Borah’s Assamese film Bornodi Bhotiai will be the closing film of the festival. The film is based on a man from Majuli, the river island, who is searching for a cure to his strangely prolonged cold. Four other men are in search of love, pursuing the same woman. The woman probably doesn’t know what to search for. Majuli, too, is searching for a cure to its own ‘cold’ – of flood and erosion caused by the Bornodi Brahmaputra.