Thursday, June 02, 2016

On 31 May 2016, published a story titled ‘Five must-watch films from the North-East (and they are not in Assamese)’. It was a good story but limited in scope. So I wrote this following response and posted in Facebook.

You can read the original story here.


A good introduction for mainland audiences. But why just five films? There are more, many more. How could you forget Gautam Bora’s 1990 Karbi film ‘Woshobipo’ (Childhood), which started it all? If you want action blockbuster, we have the new Mizo film ‘Khawnglung Run’ (Raid of Khawnglung); the movie took a leaf from the Taiwanese blockbuster ‘Seediq Bale: Warriors of the Rainbow’ for all the good reasons. The film deserves a wider viewership. There are also action in 2014 Khasi film ‘Ri’ (Homeland) as well as 1995 Bodo film ‘Hagramayaojinahari’ (Rape in the Virgin Forest). If you are really curious, you may also want to check out the stellar works Manipuri master Aribam Syam Sharma has been doing since 1972. If you need endorsement, his ‘Ishanau’ (The Chosen One) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. PS: You can watch ‘Yarwng’ is youtube available in parts.

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