Assamese language film Aamis by Bhaskar Hazarika was a huge crowd-puller at the 3rd edition of Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) on Saturday.
The film, which has already created a buzz nationally, is also in the pan-India competition section in the festival.
People, irrespective of age groups, were seen standing in queue much before the time schedule of the film at Madhabdev Auditorium at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.
“I stood for 45 minutes in the queue and finally got inside the hall but I didn’t get a seat. I sat on the floor and watched it. Aamis is as good as I had expected. Kudos to the director for making such a brilliant film,” said Rakesh Hazarika, a businessman.
Aamis is slated to release in the theatres on November 22 in Assam and in some selected centres across the country by renowned Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Probably for the first time, an Assamese language film is being released by a biggie from Mumbai.
The organizers of the GIFF were helpless to accommodate the huge number of cinelovers who gathered at the hall to watch Aamis.
A dark love story, Aamis has been written and directed by filmmaker Bhaskar Hazarika, whose first film Kothanodi received the National Award in 2016. The film stars debutants Lima Das and Arghadeep Barua, supported by Neetali Das, Sagar Saurabh and Manash K Das, and is produced by Poonam Deol and Shyam Bora in association with Wishberry Films.
The film is about how a married Niri played by Lima Das, shares a forbidden passion with Sumon, who introduces her to a world of fresh, wild, meat-based delicacies. But as their unconsummated desire mounts, the two are pushed inexorably towards transgression and taboo.
Kashyap has been known to present independent films from across India in theatres and this is the first time he will be presenting a film from the northeast.
“Having Anurag Kashyap present the film is a dream come true for all of us in the team. Anurag is known for his unique and original vision, and his support for Aamis will definitely go a long way in putting the film in the public eye,” Bhaskar Hazarika said.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York earlier this year, where it was nominated in five categories, including best film.
Aamis also received two awards at the recently-concluded Singapore South Asian International Film Festival – Best Director for Bhaskar Hazarika and Best Actress for Lima Das.