GUWAHATI, February 28, 2018: The story of director Utpal Borpujari’s debut film “Ishu” may have been told from a child’s perspective but it is not a fairytale.
The Assamese film, which will be showcased at the ongoing Bengaluru International Film Festival, deals with the demonic custom of witch-hunting prevalent in tribal areas of the country.
“Seeing a child do something you look at yourself imagining how you could have done things differently. Maybe you can still bring out the child in you. Sometimes we become cynical as adults,” Borpujari told newsmen in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Bengaluru International Film Festival.
Produced by Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), the film has dealt with violence inherent to the issue in a subtle manner through indicative sound techniques.
“Ishu” is based on renowned Assamese writer Manikuntala Bhattacharjya’s popular novel of the same name. Its cast include Kapil Garo, Bishnu Khargoria, Leishangthem Devi, Chetana Das among others.
The cases of witch-hunting have grown in the last two decades in Assam, he said.
“A bill has been passed by the state Assembly against witch-hunting but it is awaiting the President’s assent,” the director emphasised.
The medieval practice continues to fester like a wound in lots of tribal societies in India such as West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, MP, Chhattisgarh and in some cases even in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
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