Guwahati: In every lane of lewduh, there is an untold story, said Shankar Lall Goenka, producer of the new Khasi film Iewduh. The national award-winning film hit the theatres on Friday, releasing simultaneously in Shillong, Guwahati, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata.
“The film is about the struggle, the hope to give life not just to themselves, but also to those that they love, those that they care for. In Iewduh, when reason ends, relationships begin,” said the eminent social worker and film producer in an exclusive interview with EastMojo.
“The idea behind the film is about relations. We have shown this in the film about everyday people, with everyday stories, not dignified as heroes, but people who make the lives of each other better,” said Goenka.
Recently, Pradip Kurbah, the director of the film, won the prestigious Kim Ji-Seok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Iewduh had its world premiere at the BIFF and it was a milestone for Meghalayan film industry as the film was the first from the state to enter the BIFF, an important destination for Asian filmmakers.
“Iewduh is my fourth film as an independent producer which is doing very well in film festivals and I think it will do good business also because there is a lot of enquiry about the picture in Shillong. Also, this is the first Khasi film which released all over India,” said Goenka.
“I was born and brought up in cinema. In 1926, my father started the first cinema hall named Kelvin in Shillong and then he made another cinema hall in Guwahati with the same name in 1932 and video cinema in 1935 in Shillong. I was born in 1935, so yes, I was born with cinema in my blood,” revealed the producer, adding, “From the very beginning, I was attracted towards film productions which somehow I started in 2012 and I made my first Assamese film Ajeyo which was directed by Jahnu Baruah. This film went on to win the national award in the category of Best Assamese Film.”
The award-winning filmmaker revealed that the team of Iewduh is from Shillong and was found by Pradip Kurbah, who is the director of the film.
Goenka also urged the media to recognise the work of a producer as the limelight of a film is taken by the directors and the actors, whereas it is the producer who puts all his brains and finances behind a film. “Without a producer, no film can be made, but I don’t know why the producer is left behind. I hope media will recognise this thing and when my film gets released, they will remember Shankar Lall Goenka also as a producer,” commented the two-time National Award-winning filmmaker.
Iewduh, made under the banner of Shiven Arts, was premiered in India at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October. It has also been selected in the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, where it will be screened later this month.
Also, cinematographer Pradip Daimary of Iewduh has been officially selected for the Asian Cinematography awards to be held in Manila Philippines on February 22-23, 2020. Iewduh will also be screened during the two-day festival and will compete for the Golden Eagle.