2nd Guwahati International Film Festival
GUWAHATI, Sept 19: Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures and Shahnaab Alam’s Easterly Entertainment will make their debut in Assamese cinema when their film, ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ (Broken Window), will have its national premier at the 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) in Guwahati on October 25.
The film is directed by internationally acclaimed director Jahnu Barua,
talking to the reporters here on Wednesday, Chairman of Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Pabitra Margherita said, “It is indeed a privilege that Jahnu Barua’s film will have its national premier at the 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival. The film will be commercially released throughout India the next day.”
Margherita pointed out that ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ was the first association of Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures and Shahnaab Alam’s Easterly Entertainment with Assamese cinema.
During the media briefing, Priyanka’s mother Dr Madhu Chopra said, “We are happy to be associated with this film, ‘Bhoga Khirikee’. We are negotiating with studios in the different cities of the country with sizeable Assamese population or people who appreciate a good film notwithstanding a language barrier, for more releases across the country.” She further said that Bhoga Khirikee’ was completed within a budge of Rs 1 crore, though the budget for their other regional language films had been Rs 2-2.5 crore, adding that the company will spent liberally on a publicity campaign.
Director of the film, Jahnu Barua also said, “Bhoga Khirikee’ was a tale from Assam and is a special story, close to my heart.”
Festival Director of the 2nd GIFF Monita Borgohain informed the reporters that about 108 films from nearly 50 countries will be participating while the focus would be on ASEAN films. The Director further said that participation of around 16 films from 10 ASEAN countries will be another attraction of the mega event which is in keeping with the ‘Act East Policy’ of the country.
The seven-day long 2nd GIFF has been organised by government-run Jyoti Chitraban and Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Film and Television Institute, with the active support of Assam government. Notably, 72 international films were screened in the 2017 edition of the event.