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Jatin Bora’s much-awaited film ‘Ratnakar’ to release on october 11 

Making his comeback after 13 years as a filmmaker, actor Jatin Bora is gearing up to present his new film ‘Ratnakar’. The much anticipated big-budget film, produced under the banner of JB Films, will hit the screens on October 11, soon after the conclusion of Durga Puja. The need of the hour is to provide meaningful entertainment so that the audiences in Assam go back to the theatres. Jatin Bora has assured that his venture is not a run-of-the-mill Assamese film but promises something more. Depicting three different stages of a man’s life, the film is built around a father-daughter relationship – a topic, which has not been adequately explored in Assamese cinema.

The film boasts of a number of notable professionals, known for their creative abilities in their respective fields, which has enriched its production and aesthetic value. Bora has surrounded himself with people with whom he has built up good rapport over the years, whether it’s from cinema or theatre. He has roped in no less than the prolific dramatist of mobile theatre – Abhijeet Bhattacharya, to pen the film’s story, script and dialogues. As expected, the film’s music, scored by Zubeen Garg, has caught on with the public in a big way, notching up chartbusters like Raati Raati, Eta Kotha and Bhaal Puware. Garg deserves due credit for composing songs which have enraptured the public, especially the youth. Armed with the experience of working in around 50 Assamese and other language films, Jatin Bora, who has produced the film along with his better-half Navanita Sharma Bora, is quite happy with the film’s final output.

‘Ratnakar’s camerawork has been done by Pradip Daimary, who has left quite an impact with his work in a number of films. The aerial photography is done by Jaydeep Paul. The lyrics have been written by Zubeen Garg, Sasanka Samir and Rahul Gautam Sharma. The playback singing has been done by Zubeen Garg, Gayatri Hazarika, Satabdi, Navanita Sharma Bora, Joshua, Chayanika and Harshita Bhattacharjya. The background music, which sets the film’s emotional tone, is scored by Poran Borkatoky and Bibhuti Gogoi.

This dream project of Jatin Bora and Navanita Sharma Bora, which features all the successful ingredients of mainstream cinema, has been shot in Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Meghalaya and the scenic landscapes of Ladakh, where the popular romantic song and one of the film’s highlights – Raati raati xun mur xopun bure, was picturised on Jatin Bora and Barsha Rani Bishaya.

An ensemble of experienced and popular artistes populate the cast of ‘Ratnakar’. They include: Jatin Bora, Barsha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Bishnu Khargharia, Sanjeev Hazorika, Chetana Das, Reena Bora, Hiranya Deka, Pratibha Choudhury, Pabitra Barua, Padmarag Goswami and child artiste Ashrumika Saikia, who will be seen as Jatin Bora’s daughter. Ashrumika, who makes her feature film debut, has acted as the child version of Lord Krishna in the popular annual event ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’, organised by Basanta Kumar Baruah and Bobby Baruah, for a number of years now. She plays a feisty character, who grows up under her father’s care, even as he struggles to provide for her.

The script has offered considerable scope for creativity for the gifted Jatin Bora, who brings his multifaceted character to life. Despite the passage of so many years, he still possesses lively enthusiasm and a good amount of stamina.

The film’s editing and visual promotion is done by Protim Khaound. The sound designing is done by the much experienced Debojit Changmai. The songs are choreographed by Deepak Dey, Uday Shankar, Pankaj Ingti and Sachin Baruah. The makeup has been done by Biswajit Kalita. The art direction is handled by Jyoti Shankar Bhattacharyya and Navanita Sharma Bora (for the Meghalaya segment). The action scenes are directed by the fight master of south Indian films, Rajesh Kanan. The Mumbai-based Rajesh Yadav has worked as the film’s DI Colorist. The film’s associate director is Manujit Sharma. The chief assistant director is Anupam Baishya. The assistants are Hemanta Gogoi and Anindita Kalita. The publicity still-photography is by Anup Baruah, while the location still-photography is done by Pallav Mahanta. The film’s production manager is the much experienced Manoj Kumar Mishra. ‘Ratnakar’s music and poster have already been released.

noted sattriya danseuse chosen for prestigious award 

 Noted Sattriya danseuse and scholar Dr Anwesa Mahanta has been chosen for the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman for her contributions to the Sattriya tradition.

A senior disciple of Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, a Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padmashri awardee, Anwesa performed extensively in India and also the overseas, including the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, France, England, Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. She made academic presentations in various institutions of higher learning and research.

Earlier, she was also awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi. Currently, Dr Anwesa is the Director of Kalpavriksha that imparts training in Sattriya dance, music and theatre.

The coveted Kelucharan Mahapatra National Award instituted by Srijan, an acclaimed institution of Odissi in memory of its founder guru, is offered to both senior and young scholars and practitioners to mark the 25th anniversary of Srijan. Dr Anwesa is the daughter of Professor Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and noted writer Minati Choudhury, and wife of Dr Joshodeep Boruwa, a scientist and a painter.

devoleena bhattacharjee to make her assamese music video debut 

 Devoleena Bhattacharjee, popularly known as Gopi Bahu in the much-loved Star Plus show ‘Saath Nibhana Saathiya’, will soon make her debut in an Assamese music video. The actress, who hails from Assam and speaks fluent Assamese as well, is currently busy shooting for the song ‘Ramdhenu’, directed by Sachin Baruah, in the picturesque locations of Ladakh.

“I’m really happy and excited to be starring in an Assamese music video. As I belong to Assam and speak Assamese, I literally enjoyed working with the team,” said Devoleena, who took to Instagram to share the news among her followers.

Devoleena can be seen flaunting her yellow sari against the backdrop of the valleys of Ladakh in the song, which reminds of the popular song ‘Tere mere hothon pe’ from the film ‘Chandni’, where Sridevi is seen dancing in a yellow saree too.

seuji seuji, pagladia awards presented 

 The Seuji Seuji and Pagladia awards for 2019 were presented to poets Ganga Mohan Mili and Dwijendra Kumar Das respectively in a function held at Nalbari Natya Mandir recently.

The awards were presented by Seuji Seuji, a magazine on poetry published from Nankar Bhaira since the last 43 years to encourage new poets.

The awards-giving ceremony started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Akshay Deka, general secretary of Nalbari district AASU. The Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari district Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury formally inaugurated the meeting.

In the programme a special issue of Seuji Seuji was released by Sahityacharya Dr Basanta Kumar Bhattacharya.

The meeting was attended by Dilip Chandan, Editor of Asam Bani, Professor Dr Dhrubajyoti Das, poet Manju Devi Pegu and poet Rupjyoti Kalita. Popular singer Dilip Das was accorded a warm felicitation in the meeting.

Earlier, Santanu Sarma, Nanda Kishor Bhuyan, Manisha Talukdar and Nabanita Kalita recited self-composed poems.

Prantik Deka