“People should have the courage to dream big,” says supermodel Dipannita Sharma
Simple, chirpy and beautiful Dipannita Sharma has always been best known for her height. There’s been no looking back for this Axom’r jiyori ever since she was adjudged the ‘Miss Photogenic’ in the Miss India Contest 1998.
Dipannita was recently in town not to grace any fashion show, but for the launch of her debut Assamese movie ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ by acclaimed director Bidyut Kotoky. The film that stars Victor Banerjee, Dipannita Sharma, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua amongst others, has been winning awards and hearts all around the globe.
The film, as Dipannita shares, gives away the beautiful message ‘Dream Big’ which she holds relevant to each of our lives. Dipannita, who has grown up in Duliajan, Naharkatia and Guwahati, was one of the first few women of the state to establish herself in the glamorous world of Mumbai. Her journey from being a small town girl to a popular name on the Page 3 industry was not easy. She holds the message of the film close to her heart which convinced her to make her entry into the Assamese film industry. “People should have the courage to dream big. It’s okay if you fall 100 times, the 101st attempt might be the success,” she said.
The film is based on the life of children growing up in violent places of Assam in the 1980s, witnessing brutality around them and how it affects them deeply, leaving an indelible mark on their growth. It has an emotional depth that cuts across geographical barriers because the story could very well have been a story of children in a conflict zone from any part of the world. Renowned actor Victor Banerjee plays the role of Dipannita’s father in the movie. On the other hand, Dipannita plays the character of a mother who is simple and full of warmth for her children. She’d be seen in very simple mekhela chadors and without a tinge of make up in the movie. With a spark of joy and pride in her eyes, she goes on to say, “I might be a model settled in Mumbai but I am always a simple Assamese girl at heart.”
Movies such as ‘16 December’, ‘Dil Vil Pyar Vyar’, ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ are some of the successful movies where the model has acted against established actors of the industry. Unlike her experience so far, in ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ her role is pitted against children. She calls them “the real actors.” The children were selected after Bidyut Kotoky conducted rounds of auditions across the city.
The movie has been shot in a beautiful and serene village of Gerukamukh near Lakhimpur.
The movie which revolves around a universal subject is deep and people can easily connect with the story. Tempted by the storyline, an artist from Dubai, Jani Viswanath went on to fund Rs 10 lakh for the film. Crossing the barriers of language and culture, for the first time ever, an Assamese movie has been able to make such an impact. As Jani wonderfully put it in words, “How does it matter if I am not an Assamese? I am a human being. I see things and stories from a human perspective, not anything else.”