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Join us in bringing out Assamese folk tales on celluloid!
What is this movie about?
Kothanodi (The River of Fables) adapts its story from four fables contained in the Assamese folk tales compendium – Buri Ai’r Xadhu (Grandma’s Tales). Compiled by our foremost literary luminary – Laxminath Bezbarua - in 1911, these folk tales are well known and much loved by generations of Assamese children. But while the stories in Grandma’s Tales have traditionally been marketed as children’s fables, Kothanodi pushes them towards darker, unorthodox directions - where the magic is real, illusions starker, emotions rawer, and horror more visceral.
What's the storyline like?
Kothanodi can be looked upon as another example of the dark undertones that lie under the surface of almost every children's story in the world; as part of the global trend of alternative adaptations of classic folk tales, such as Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013, based on the fable Jack and the Beanstalk), and Maleficent (2014, a deconstruction of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty), visualising dark subtexts in familiar stories.
We have put together a great ensemble cast for Kothanodi that includes popular Assamese artists, internationally acclaimed actors and some serious new talent.
Our cast includes Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Zerifa Wahid, Urmila Mahanta, Asha Bordoloi, Kopil Bora, Monisha Bhuyan and Kasvi Sharma.
Who is in in the movie?
Why make a film based on obscure folklore from a little known place tucked away in the north eastern corner of India? But that is precisely why Kothanodi is being made. The world is getting smaller, and with it more homogenized. Contemporary stories are increasingly irrelevant to their setting. An urban love story set in Bombay is likely to have the same themes as one set in Guwahati. This is perhaps the perfect time therefore for audiences to enjoy the rich diversity of culture and folklore in the world.
In Kothanodi, audiences will be introduced to stories that have universal themes (fear, loathing, envy, love), but are expressed local style, influenced by storytelling traditions of the numerous tribes inhabiting Assam for centuries.
After our shooting concludes, we shall enter post production studios for editing, mastering, special effects, music, and dubbing. Funds for this can be arranged from private sources or film grants, because by then - thanks to all of you - we will have a complete film on our hands, and that always helps when seeking completion funds.
What happens after the film is shot?
By when will it be released?
We expect the film to be ready for censor certification by February 2015. Once ready, we will take it to festivals around the world, taking with us a slice of Assamese folkore. And then, we will bring it home with a nationwide release by the spring of 2015, hopefully in time for the festival of festivals - Bohag Bihu!
Fund this film because you will be a pioneer in taking Assamese cinema out of the financial constraints that stunts it's growth. If we are successful in our campaign, directors, writers, and storytellers in Assam may find a radical new way to fund their projects. They can be freed from the shackles of box office returns, the lack of which invariably leads to lower budgets and inferior quality. All this could be great news for independent Assamese cinema, and you would have been a part of it.
Also, you are funding more than just a film. Part of Kothanodi's proceeds will go to preserve the Xatras in Majuli island- unique heritage centres of Vaishnavite culture, and to organizations battling relentless erosion of precious agricultural land in the island. Proceeds from the film will also fund the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive web portal on Laxminath Bezbarua - his life, times, contemporaries and literary works - which is still lacking on the world wide web.
The big risk we forsee is our inability to gather the funds to complete the film. Smaller risks such as inclement weather are more manageable and we have planned for them.
If we don't raise our target, we get nothing from Wishberry. That is the deal - all or nothing. In such an unhappy scenario, we shall turn towards film funds, grants, and keep hunting for investors.
On the other hand, if we raise more than our target, the extra money will come in real handy for our post production. We can invest in better effects, better processing facilities, and better music production.
Seriously? Is that even a question? We would have so much more to lose than gain by pulling a scam on people when half our film is shot!
DR. ARUPA PATANGIA-KALITA
RANI DUTTA BARUAH