G Plus Hosts Exclusive Premiere Bulbul Can Sing
Ahead of the nationwide release of Rima Das’s film Bulbul Can Sing, G Plus hosted the film’s exclusive premiere at PVR, City Center in Guwahati on September 19. The event was graced by chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and minister of culture, Naba Doley among a host of other dignitaries, top rung government officials and the crème de la crème of the Assamese film fraternity.
On the occasion, Das said, "I'm very glad that the people of Assam are finally going to watch Bulbul Can Sing in theatres and I'm very hopeful that they'll love it. With the Assamese film industry going through a revolution right now, I am proud to be part of this. I'm also glad that G Plus has taken up this initiative to promote the film."
The premiere in Guwahati was attended by media personnel, people of the Assamese film fraternity and other prominent personalities from the city. Film personalities included Nipon Goswami, Kulada Bhattacharjee, Kopil Bora, Zerifa Wahid, Mridula Baruah, Manjula Barua, Chetna Das, Prerana Barbarooah, Kashmiri Saikia, Pahari Das and Rupam Barua to name a few.
The film is based on the life of a teenage girl, Bulbul and her friends living in a village in Assam, fighting their way through life and finding their own identities.
The film was officially released in Assam on 20th September before its pan-India release that is slated for September 27. Speaking about the early release Rima said that the film must be released by September 28 so that it can be considered as an Oscar entry and that is why the early release was planned accordingly.
Adding she said, “I consider it a responsibility to release the film first in Assam and then across the country.”
The movie Bulbul Can Sing has won the Rajat Kamal Award in the Regional Language Film Category at the 66th National Film Awards. Bulbul Can Sing also won the National Award for the Best Assamese Film for 2019. The movie has also won the Best Indie Film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in Victoria, Australia. Das’s film has already been screened at international platforms such as Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
It is to be noted that Das’s earlier film Village Rockstars was India’s official entry to the Oscars in 2018.
A connoisseur’s perspective- By Gautam Ganguly
One can indeed derive enormous aesthetic pleasure traveling through the picturesque rural landscapes, lush green hills with the spectacular views of the distant horizon and eye pleasing riverine beauty of Assam on celluloid through the hugely talented director, Rima Das’s widely acclaimed movie, Bulbul Can Sing. It was yet another profoundly gripping movie by Rima Das who has carved out a niche for herself among Indian and foreign filmmakers with her superlative direction.
Close on the heels of the award winning Village Rockstars, Bulbul Can Sing is a poignant journey of simple, unsophisticated, adolescents amidst complex human behavior. The simple, innocent, serene pleasures and enjoyments, hopes and aspirations, innocuous love of a set of vibrant rural adolescents have been poignantly delineated on celluloid.
Picturizing thunder, rain and storm is Rima's forte. We have seen this in Village Rockstars as well. Rain drops falling in the backdrop of lush green paddy fields of Assam and on the blue rivers is spirit elevating. Camera work is of high quality.
Thanks to G Plus for organizing the premiere show on 19th September. It is another feather in the hat of this increasingly popular English weekly by showcasing the highly aesthetic, artistic Assamese movie.
Rima Das, hats off for a lovely movie.