Assamese short film “Obosheshot (At Last…)” has earned accolades and recognition in various film festivals nationally as well as internationally including the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2017 (Honourable Jury Mention).
Story of the short film has been adapted from Assam’s renowned Novelist and Filmmaker, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s short story “Debodut”. It is the tale of Numoli, who strives to give her child a voice, the use of which she has forfeited due to unfortunate circumstances.
What happens when the child of the demon is born in a village, where superstitions run amok? A village where people are gripped by fear and apprehension. In the midst of this is the mother whose love and sacrifice for her child acts as a barrier against the tribulations of the world. While the villagers deem her to be possessed and impregnated by the demon, only she knows what hurts her. And when the demon returns to her life, although she is filled with rage and hatred, all she can ask for is her voice; to teach her child to speak and who needs his mother’s voice to comfort him. For now, only the words ‘bou’ (Mother) in her child’s voice can sweep away all her life.
The film is directed by Arindam Barooah, who has also written the screenplay. The cast includes Anjjan Dhon Bordoloi, Jharna Sharma Devchoudhury, Padma Dolakasharia, Pratim Gogoi and Amrit Hazarika among others.
Honours and Recognitions of the film include:
- Honorable Jury Mention at the 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2017, Delhi, India
- Outstanding Achievement Award at 6th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2017, Kolkata, India.
- Special Festival Mention at 6th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival ’17, Bangalore, India.
- Official Selection at 12th Cyprus International Film Festival, Pafos, Cyprus.
- Official Selection at FICOCC – FIVE CONTINENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Venezuela.
- Official Selection at Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, Barcelona, Spain.
- Official Selection at SHORT to the Point – International Short Film Festival 2017, Bucharest, Romania.
- Official Selection at 6th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2017, Kolkata, India.
- Official Selection at Meraki International Short Film Festival – 17, Bangalore, India.
- Semi-Finalist at Lakecity Film Festival 2017, Lagos, Nigeria.
- Special Screening organised by Dept. of Communication & Journalism, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam.
The list just goes on.
Team UniTreed congratulates Arindam Barooah and wishes him more success ahead. We are proud to have such talents in our Assam. More power to Arindam.