After the long gap because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assamese films are all set to hit the theatres again. Among others, is ‘Midnight Song’ by Arunjit Borah. As the film is getting released on January 29, Borah shares his experience with The News Mill on his debut film.
“It’s (the film) the outcome of a lot of hard work, pain and sacrifices. Cinema is my life…now I’m on the verge of realising my childhood dream. So, I’m obviously excited but at the same time… I’m little nervous as well,” Borah says.
“Though the film has been screened in several places in other countries, I don’t know how my home viewers would react to it. So, it’s a huge challenge… It’s a mixed feeling.”
‘Midnight Song’ is the story of one night. Mou is a quiet housewife stuck in an unhappy marriage with her husband, Bikramjit. When Mou and Bikram take a trip to their Bungalow in the country, they come across an unexpected guest which changes the life of Mou.
“Midnight Song is based on relationship crisis and self-discovery of an unhappy woman,” says Borah.
Despite working with some prominent names including Om Puri in Mumbai, Borah preferred to debut with an Assamese film.
“I don’t see it that way. I believe, cinema has its own language – it doesn’t matter if it’s Hindi, Assamese, or English. Having said that as I belong to this place… I have grown up here. So, I wanted to start my career with a film based in here. Otherwise, the emotion is universal,” he reckons.
Speaking more on the film ‘Midnight Song’, Borah said that the film has just three characters. “The film narrates the incidents that take place from 4 pm to the next morning till 6 o’clock. And we shot the film in a 100-year old bungalow made in the British era,” he adds.
The three characters in the film have been portrayed by Kalpana Kalita, Monuj Borkotoky and Rupam Chetia.
National award-winning sound mixer Debajit Changmai has designed and mixed the sound for the film. The film is being produced by Aparijita Bhuyan.
Prior to ‘Midnight Song’, Borah has worked as an assistant director in a Hindi feature film, ‘Project Marathwada’. His short film ‘Taxii’ was appreciated in India and abroad in film festivals. ‘Letters from Deuta’, is his second short film, which also got some awards.