Written, cinematographed and directed by Partha Borgohain, 1962: My Country Land is an English language feature film based on the 1962 Indo-Chi war
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, May 15: Bringing glory to Northeast India, Dibrugarh-based filmmaker Partha Borgohain's feature film '1962: My Country Land' will be showcased at the Cannes Intertiol Film Festival on May 18. The film, shot mostly in Aruchal Pradesh, is the first home production of Living Dreams Productions.
Written, cinematographed and directed by Borgohain, '1962: My Country Land' is an English language feature film based on the 1962 Indo-Chi war. The story revolves around Luitya, an Army Lance ik who is given the responsibility of mapping the Indo-Chi border. While carrying out his work, Luitya along with his porter lost their way in the rough and unwelcoming terrain until they reach a village. There in the village Luitya meets Chan, a Chinese trader with dark secrets and intentions, and the village chief's daughter Yaka. Luitya found out that the village is neither mentioned in the Indian map, nor in the Chinese map. Fierce conspiracy and conflict starts between Luitya and Chan to take over the patch of land and include it as an integral part of their respective tions.
Talking about the film, Borgohain said, "We shot for 75 days in Tawang and Mechuka in Aruchal Pradesh and Sohra in Meghalaya, besides a few shots in Guwahati. I want to continue shooting all my life - there was so much drama, stories of love, comedy and ego-clashes. The production of the film taught me how difficult life is, but how exciting it can be at the same time."
Starring Aham Sharma, Lhakpa Lepcha, Daniel Shin Han and Ketholeno Kense in lead roles, the film showcases the struggles and lives of the main characters during the approaching war and how they are able to believe - and not believe - each other. Produced by Marbom Mai, the film was shot in parts of picturesque Tawang and Mechuka in Aruchal Pradesh. Guru Rewben Mashangva is the music composer of the film where he has collaborated with Shankar Shankini.
Partha, after his schooling in msai, Aruchal Pradesh, did photography and filmmaking course from Madras Christian College and later joined Mindscreen Film School and studied film and motion photography. He worked as an assistant with renowned cinematographer and director Rajiv Menon where he was engaged in various feature and advertisement films.
Apart from '1962: My Country Land', Partha has been working with various intertiol crew for film projects in Switzerland, France, Turkey. He is also filming with several corporates in Singapore, Indonesia and Japan as a freelance filmmaker.