ANGEEKAR Films recently launched the First Look of its upcoming Assamese feature film AEI MAATITE, which got clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board), without any cut or modification, and received a U/A certificate. At a function held at Guwahati Press Club, renowned lyricist-poet, former Pro-VC of Tezpur University, Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury released the First Look. Director of the film Dr Sitanath Lahkar and senior DI Colourist from Bollywood Sujit Borah were also present at the function.
AEI MAATITE is a full-length Assamese feature film on the burning issue of witch hunting. It has a very strong message on witchcraft, upholding the value of scientific temperament and human life. The film mainly talks about the witch hunting practice in Assam and how a section of people are using witchcraft for their own interest. Witchcraft is shrouded with the darkness of superstition, which is to be overcome by the society – this is the message that AEI MATITE wants to convey.
Dr. Choudhury, who plays an important role in the film, said, “Witch hunting is a serious problem of our state. We all have to fight collectively against this menace, which is based on superstition. I am really happy to be a part of AEI MAATITE because this socially relevant film is sincerely trying to aware people against the problem.”
A veteran in Bollywood and well-known for many award winning films, DI Colourist Sujit Borah is responsible for the film’s overall visual treatment, and has added a special colour tone to the film. “When Lahkar sir approached me for the project, I felt very fortunate because I would be able to contribute something to the society through this film. Witch hunting is a serious problem of our society and we need to take urgent steps to make people aware. I believe AEI MAATITE will play a significant role in this direction,” he said.
AEI MAATITE is directed by independent filmmaker and eminent theatre personality Dr Sitanath Lahkar, and it is an adaptation of his famous stage play TAMASAA, based on witch hunting. The retired Principal of Cotton College has also written the story, screenplay, dialogues and lyrics of the film. At the conference, he said, “It gives immense pleasure to unveil the film in front of the people. After spending more than two years in realising the project, the film is now ready and will hit the screens soon. I hope movie lovers will appreciate the subject and the film.”
The ‘action-drama’ film has some very critical scenes, shooting of which were done with utmost care and precision. Such rustic action scenes have hardly been seen in Assamese films, claims the team. The film cinematically showcases some inhuman killings in the name of witch hunting. The entire shooting unit worked tirelessly to get those sequences done, with a hope to mesmerise movie lovers.
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