Box office rush hour for Assamese films


It's been nine long years since Jahnu Barua last came out with a film. His previous project, Tora, came out in 2003. But now he's back with Bandhon.

The 26/11 Mumbai attacks provide the backdrop of the new film.

Bandhon will hit theatres on October 26, a month before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks.

The movie is an outcome of the measures taken by the state government to bail out the Assamese film industry, which has been going through a crisis. It has been produced by the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Limited.

Bandhon will have a world premiere at the 14 th Mumbai Film Festival from October 18 to 25. The film will feature in India Gold 2012 section of the festival.

The film tells the story of a family whose lives go haywire after one its members go missing in the terror attack. Dandeswar and Hkawni, an elderly couple from a rural village in Upper Assam, shift to Guwahati after their only son builds a house named Hkawni Kutir. In a terrible incident they lose their daughter-in-law and son, after which, Pona, their grandson, becomes their only reason to live.

Pona, however, moves to Mumbai to pursue engineering.

Although they are always at loggerheads, come what may, Dandeswar and Hkawni are inseparable.

The only person the elderly couple is close to is their domestic help, Moni, who is like their grandson.

Barring him, Jatin, an advocate in the High Court who was once a paying guest at Hkawni Kutir, and his wife Ranjana fill the lives of the couple to complete the family in the absence of their son and daughter-in-law.

Despite the loss, their lives move smoothly until yet another incident flings their lives into turmoil.

Owing to the 26/11 terror attack, Pona goes missing. And in order to look for him, the elderly couple immediately rushes to Mumbai.

The star cast comprises Bishnu Khargoria, Jatin Bora, Bina Patangia, Zarifa Wahid, Abatosh Bhuyan Anshuman Bhuyan, Dinesh Das, Reeta Baruah Das, Kundan Bhuyan, Sidharta Sharma and Smita Bora.

Shooting of the 35mm feature film commenced in January and took place in Guwahati and Mumbai.

Dhurbajyoti Phukan has composed the background score, but there are no songs in the film.