Noted Assam filmmaker Jahnu Barua's 'Bhoga Khirikee', which was set to release Friday last, has been postponed. This was informed at a press interaction at Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati recently.
The film's producer Shahnab Alam said the film would be released within a month. 'Bhoga Khirikee' was screened on the opening day of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF).
Talking about the Hindi movie lobby, Barua said, "It has always been a problem for Assamese film industry. It is tough to get a release date as there are many things to think about. But still, Assamese film industry is in a good place right now."
Actress Jerifa Wahid who stars in the film, said her experience working in this film is satisfactory. She said, "I love to work in films with original content which Jahnu Barua always strives to offer. I am satisfied with Bhoga Khirikee." She also said that it is really tough to make it in the film career especially in the context of Assam as there are numerous struggles. The cast includes Zerifa Wahid who plays the protagonist, actor Seema Biswas, Joy Kashyap, and National Award winner Bishnu Khargoriya, among others. It was made at a budget of approximately Rs 4.5 crore.
Jahnu Barua, while speaking about the film, said that the film is symbolic. "Bhoga Khirikee represents Assam and the lead character Togor represents the present society," Barua said. He also said, "I always wanted to tell the story of my life. To make our society strong and more efficient in this competitive world, film is one of the best medium to explore and tell the world a story."
Tracing the story of how the film was made, Barua said it was Wahid, who approached him and wanted to know whether a film would be made from a story idea they had discussed earlier. Later, Shahnab stepped in and offered to produce the film. It was Shahnab who got Priyanka Chopra on board as the presenter and co-producer.
Making a comeback after four and half a year, Barua's 'Bhoga Khirikee' was shot in locations in and around Kaziranga National Park. It took 30 days to shoot the film, 26 in Kaziranga and nearby Bokakhat and four in Guwahati. Most of the forest scenes in the film were shot in Kaziranga while the main house shown in the film is a set.
The film is being produced by Purple Pebble Pictures, owned by Assam tourism brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra, and Easterly Entertainment, a Mumbai based company.