Golaghat: Acclaimed Assamese movie ‘Boomba Ride’ is going to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on May 22.

Producer Luit Kumar Barman told EastMojo that an email from the Deputy Director, Directorate of Indian Film Festival, on Thursday evening confirmed to director Biswajit Bora that ‘Boomba Ride’ has been officially selected for screening at Marchu Du Film, Cannes Film Festival.

Written, edited and directed in 2021 by Biswajit Bora, a native of Upper Assam’s Golaghat, ‘Boomba Ride’ is shot entirely in Assam, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River where he spent his childhood and youth. Critics, who have watched the movie, have called it “a masterpiece from Assam”. The movie also has an IMDB rating of 9.6/10.

Boomba Ride is releasing in theatres on September 16.

On being asked about Indrajit Pegu who plays the protagonist in the movie, Barman said, “The character of Boomba was very well crafted by 9-years-old Indrajit Pegu, who lives in a village in Assam. He has given us name, fame, money, everything. But in return, we were not able to give him anything.”

Barman announced that he will bear Pegu’s education expenses till Class X, wherever he may wish to study in Assam.

“In the movie, Boomba wants to study in an English medium school but has to study in a government school. In real life, I will sponsor him (Pegu) if he wants to study in an English medium school,” Barman said, adding that he strongly feels that Pegu will be a great actor in the coming years provided he is groomed well.

About ‘Boomba Ride’, Barman said, “The movie is a winning satire, filled with comic moments stemming mainly from the efforts of the teachers to keep their scam going at any cost. But the film’s theme points to a serious problem.”

“Education is taken far too lightly,” Barman says of the plot of the movie.

Director Biswajit Bora has found an entirely non-professional cast by spending time with the locals. The Mishing dialect in which they communicate is also the linking  language of the film. The movie is shot mostly in Golaghat in Mishing-populated areas.

Since Rima Das’s ‘Village Rockstars’ Oscars run, Assamese non-commercial, creative movie-making has got a new dimension. ‘Baghjan’ and ‘Boomba Ride’ are classic examples of exceptional creative work on a low budget. 

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