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For the first time: A full-length Assamese song in a Bollywood film

Assamese is the flavour of the season for Bollywood film music as for the first time a full-length Assamese song will be a part of a Bollywood movie.

Written by Rajdweep and composed by Sagar Desai, the song ‘Jiri Jiri Noi’ is a part of the movie ‘A Death in the Gunj’ directed by Konkona Sen Sharma.

Konkona Sen Sharma makes her directorial debut with the film which was already screened in various film festivals.

“I’m glad that my song was selected in the film. This is for the first time that a full-length Assamese song has been featured in a Hindi film made in Mumbai. It was an opportunity for me to work in Bollywood and feature Assamese music at the national level,” an elated Rajdweep told The News Mill.

Here’s the teaser of the song:

Rajdweep has written several plays for mobile theatres in Assam and also composed songs for Angarag Papon Mahanta.

Though the language was alien to music director Desai and others, they seemed to have enjoyed the process of recording of the song.

“I may not have understood the meaning of the words, but I loved the sound of the words,” said Desai, composer of the song. The length of the song is about four minutes and this is the only song in the film.

The film stars Om Puri and Kalki Koechlin among others. Rajdweep said that the song depicts the hopes, aspirations and dreams of the protagonist. The song was sung by Pramila Pradhan, a well-known folk singer.

“This song was written last year after I wrote another Assamese song for MTV which was sang by Papon,” said 31-year-old Rajdweep who is one of the youngest successful playwrights of the state.

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