Sunday, August 12, 2012

Assam youth unveils movie venture: Kaafiron Ki Namaaz

Abdul Gani

Guwahati: For a state that has always taken its cinema seriously, Assam youth Bhargav Saikia’s full-length Hindi feature film, Kaafiron Ki Namaaz, is all set to create ripples on the national map.

A still from the film.

Having just completed his shooting at the Jyoti Chitraban film studio in Guwahati, Saikia is now ready to unveil his maiden creation to the movie-lovers of the country and beyond. “We are relieved to a great extent as we have successfully finished the whole shooting process. After the post-production procedure, we will be able to offer the film to our viewers,” Saikia told Seven Sisters Post. Kaafiron Ki Namaaz is an independent feature film in Hindi written and directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma.

The story is set in Kashmir and it takes place over the course of one night when a writer from West Bengal comes to interview an army man somewhere on the outskirts of Srinagar. There, they are joined by a bandwala (a musician).

The unit after their shooting at Jyoti Chitraban

“The central theme of the film is ‘confession’ and, keeping this in mind, the three characters pour their hearts out, including some dark secrets, and become pacified in their own spaces as the film moves forward,” said the movie’s director, Ram Ramesh Sharma, who hails from Faridabad in Haryana.

Saikia was born and brought up in Assam before he moved to Mumbai to pursue film studies at the Whistling Woods International Institute, a film, television and media arts school located in Mumbai and promoted by well-known filmmaker Subhash Ghai. Kaafiron Ki Namaaz happens to be the first project of Saikia’s production company, Lorien Motion Pictures. “We are quite positive about the movie’s success, as all of us are young and energetic, and are hungry to do something creative,” he said.

Renowned theatre personalities from Bhopal, Chandrahas Tiwari, Megh Varn Pant and Alok Chaturvedi, play pivotal roles in the film. Tiwari and Pant were last seen in films like Shanghai, Dum Maaro Dum and My Friend Pinto.

Producer Bhargav Saikia (extreme right) and director Ram Ramesh Sharma (extreme left) with Sukhwinder Singh 

The music of the two-hour film has been scored by Advait Nemlekar, with popular singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Usha Uthup, Javed Ali, Najim Arshad and Kshitij Tarey having lent their voices to the movie.

“We are thankful to these artistes for their cooperation. Sukhwinder Singh has been very kind enough as he did not charge a single penny from us. We are planning to release the music album later this year,” Saikia added.

Besides Jyoti Chitraban, several scenes have been shot at the beautiful locales of Jammu & Kashmir during March this year.

“Art director Jyoti Sankar Bhattacharyya from Assam has designed and created the set brilliantly here at Jyoti Chitraban. Outdoor sequences o f the film were shot widely across Kashmir,” he said.
Saikia and his team are now eyeing major international film festivals before releasing the movie in India sometime later this year. (Seven Sisters Post)


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