Anurag Basu Directed “Jagga Jasoos” leaves North-East India In A Bad Taste

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Anurag Basu Directed “Jagga Jasoos” leaves North-East India In A Bad Taste

Movie Review from the desk of Adnan Ashraf

Despite its huge hype, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif starrer Jagga Jasoos fails to deliver the reckonings of a Bollywood block-buster. The musical comedy (MusCom) film narrates the story of a young detective and his mission to uncover details of his father’s mysterious life.

Though the director dropped Manipur as shoot locale, a subplot of the film is about insurgents in Manipur. After shooting in Cape Town and Thailand, shooting shifted to Darjeeling and Manipur was quietly dropped as a location.

Earlier, the director of the film Anurag Basu, when asked about his shooting schedule had said,

“Shooting in the jungles of Manipur will be grueling considering there are no luxurious resorts there. It’s going to be tough for everybody.”

Talking about Manipur, insurgency in Manipur is not similar to other insurgent groups in the country. The insurgency problems in the state are much more complex; which combines elements of a national liberation war besides an ethnic conflict. The director Anurag Basu cuts the complex problems to a set of misguided youths in the film, which form terrorist groups in the state.

Besides Manipur, our local media’s uproar about the Bihu dance in the film has taken the expectations of Assamese people to another dimension. But what we’ve got to watch is merely a glimpse. Katrina only trod one or two steps of Bihu in the beginning of a song, not even wearing the proper ‘pat-muga’. Speaking of Bihu, we’ve also got to hear the tune of ‘Pepa’ (the hornpipe instrument) in the same song, but it was completely distorted.

As a whole, the inclusions of different cultural elements of North-East like Cheraw dance of Mizoram, Bihu of Assam and many more have made the film more colorful and vivid.

But Manipur or we can say North-East have once again lost the exposure via a big budget Bollywood film. A much more satisfactory portrayal of North-East India would boost the tourism and economy and definitely reduce the gap between mainland India and the Northeast India.

 

Anurag Basu Directed “Jagga Jasoos” leaves North-East India In A Bad Taste

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  1. Good Morning to all.

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    Synopsis of ‘Oboseshot (At last…)’

    What happens when the child of a demon is born in a village, where superstitions run amok? Where people are gripped by fear and apprehension. In the midst of this, is the mother whose love and sacrifice for her child acts as a barrier against the tribulations of the world. It is the tale of Numoli, who strives to give her child a voice, the use of which she has forfeited. While the villagers deem her to be possessed and impregnated by the demon, only she knows what hurts her. And when the demon returns to her life, although she is filled with rage and hatred, all she can ask for is her voice; to teach her child to speak and who needs his mother’s voice to comfort him. For now, only the words ‘bou’ (Mother) in her child’s voice can sweep away all her life.

    Cast & Crew List

    Direction & Screenplay: ArindamBarooah
    Director of Photography: ThangmaismNishantaSingha&BhaskarJyoti Dutta
    Story: Based on a short story, ‘Devdoot’ by LateDr.BhabendraNathSaikia
    Script: Rita BhuyanBarooah&BhavnaDevchoudhury
    Dialogues: Rita BhuyanBarooah
    Editing: DigantaGogoi
    Background Music: JagoranSaikia
    Production Controller: Kamal Rajkhowa
    Make-Up & Costumes: Priyanka SaikiaGomseng
    Asst. Director: NibeditaSaikia&Dilwar Ahmed
    Asst. DOP: ParthaNeog
    Asst. Production Controller: Porosh Dutta & Ashok Roy
    Still Photography: Dilwar Ahmed &Porosh Dutta

    Cast: DipikaGogoi
    AnjjanDhonBordoloi
    Jharna Sharma Devchoudhury
    Padma Dolakasharia
    Debo Kumar Rajkhowa
    AnamikaSensua
    PratimGogoi
    KhirodKalita
    RunuHandique
    KakoliHandique
    BibhutiSaikia
    Amrit Hazarika
    Suna Das Bora
    Special Thanks
    Anurag Biswasi
    Abhijit Dutta
    ChinkuRajkhowa
    NakulDeka
    AbhijitBhattacharjee
    Neel Kamal Boro
    MomiRajkhowa
    Kaberi Borah
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    HimadriSandilya

    Honours & Recognitions

    • Honorable Jury Mention at 7th Dada SahebPhalke Film Festival – 2017, Delhi, India
    • Outstanding Achievement Award at 6th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2017, Kolkata, India
    • Special Festival Mention at 6th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival-17, Bangalore, India
    • Official Selection at 12th Cyprus International Film Festival, Pafos, Cyprus
    • Official Selection at FICOCC – FIVE CONTINENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL- 2017, Venezuela
    • Official Selection at Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, Barcelona, Spain
    • Official Selection at SHORT to the Point – International Short Film Festival 2017, Bucharest, Romania
    • Official Selection at 6th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2017, Kolkata, India
    • Official Selection at Meraki International Short Film Festival – 17, Bangalore, India
    • Semi-Finalist at Lakecity Film Festival 2017, Lagos, Nigeria
    • Special Screening organised by Dept. of Communication & Journalism, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam

    THE SAME HAS BEEN MAILED AT [email protected] ON 17/7./2017 WITH RELATED DETAILS.

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    WITH REGARDS

    ARINDAM BAROOAH
    DIRECTOR & PRODUCER, ‘OBOSHESHOT (AT LAST…)’
    DULIAJAN, ASSAM,
    PH NO. 9707595745

  2. I have a question here. Who has written the story actually? I mean Right after the title it is mentioned as ‘by Preety Priyadarshinee’ and again it says ‘movie review from the desk of Adnan Asraf’. I am confused actually.

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