DURBAN, July 30: Amit Masurkar’s “Newton” won the Best Film and Rima Das’s “Village Rockstars” bagged two awards at the third edition of the BRICS Film Festival here. The Best Actress honour went to Bhanita Das for “Village Rockstars”, which got a Special Jury Award, media reports stated.
The festival screened four Indian Films — “Newton” and “Village Rockstars” in the competition section, and Sandeep Pampally’s “Sinjar” and Jayara’s “Bhanayakam” in the non-competition section.
BRICS Film Festival took place here along with the International Durban Film Festival from July 22-27. The last day of the festival was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by the awards and closing ceremony. The film gala is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.
Village Rockstars, a low-budget Assamese feature film set in a Kamrup village with simple technology, has fetched the Best Feature Film Award, 2017 – Swarna Kamal – to its director-producer Rima Das, stunning her Bollywood counterparts at the 65th National Film Awards.
The awards were declared on Friday in Delhi by the Directorate of Film Festivals. Besides Rima Das, while Bhanita Das has bagged the best child actor award, Mallika Das has bagged the best Audiography Award (location and sound recordings) and the best editing award by Rima Das herself. This is a feat by the film fraternity of Assam after three decades.
The last such award was bagged by Halodhiya Choraye Baodhan Khai in 1988 by Jahnu Barua.
The success by Village Rockstars cannot be rated with any of its kinds on the ground that this is a low-budget film done with a simple technology. This is not all. Almost all the actors in the films are not professional. They even cannot be called as amateur artists as they have never acted in any film other than this, nor have they got any training on acting.
Wherewithal was the major problem while making the film as Rima Das had to get the film done with her parents’ money. The film took long three years.
The plot of the film is an interior village in Kamrup district – near Chhaygaon. The very dialect used in the film is the one spoken commonly in South Kamrup.