Promising director Bhargav Saikia comes up with horror-fantasy feature film Bokshi
A promising director from Biswanath Chariali, Bhargav Saikia on Friday announced starting a multilingual horror-fantasy feature film, Bokshi for which Mansi
BISWANATH CHARIALI: A promising director from Biswanath Chariali, Bhargav Saikia on Friday announced starting a multilingual horror-fantasy feature film, Bokshi for which Mansi Multani and Prasanna Bisht have been roped in to lead the cast of the film. The film, produced by Saikia's Lorien Motion Pictures and written by Harsh Vaibhav Dev, will go on the floors this month in picturesque locations across Darjeeling and Sikkim. While plot details are kept under wraps, the film's intriguing tagline, ;A Witch is Born Twice', hints at a story of witchcraft and the supernatural.
Mansi Multani, whose previous credits include Pari, Kadakh and the Netflix/BBC series A Suitable Boy, said, "Tapping into the landscape of the unknown is a journey back to the self, back to the source, back to the forgotten. Bokshi, through its palette of fantastical realism, represents this unknown for me as an actor and as a woman of this century. As I embark on this journey, I am deeply curious to feel my way through the discomfort and liberation that lies in the pulling apart of these structures of containment––both within and without."
For Prasanna Bisht, Bokshi will mark her first leading role in a feature film. She will also be seen in the soon-to-be-released Voot Select web series Candy and Dedh Bigha Zameen starring Pratik Gandhi.
Speaking about the film, director and producer Bhargav Saikia said, "Bokshi is an eco-feminist coming-of-age drama set in the mystical wilderness of Northeast India. It's an unsettling take on the folk horror genre."
Saikia's most recent work is the Tom Alter and Shernaz Patel starrer The Black Cat, an acclaimed fantasy short film adapted from Ruskin Bond's short story of the same name. Bokshi is his feature directorial debut.