Akhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare (As River Flows) by Bidyut Kotoky’s will release in theatres today in Assam. Produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the film is shot in the background of Assam’s river island Majuli ravaged by insurgency and the kidnapping of activist Sanjoy Ghosh, who was first abducted in 1997 by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) rebels from the river island and subsequently killed. A Hindi version of the film will be released soon with the same title.
A poem recitation made in 2010 by Assam’s renowned singer and balladeer Bhupen Hazarika is also a part of the film. Hazarika passed away on 5th November, 2011 in Mumbai. The cast of the film include Victor Banerjee, Sanjay Suri, Bidita Bag, Raj Zutshi, Nakul Baid and Naveed Aslam.
Recently, the National Film Awards jury rejected the film for an award saying it is not an Assamese film, though the censor board certificate has listed it as one.
Akhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare was a part of the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival held in New Delhi. It was also screened by the cultural affairs department of the Maharashtra government on 8th September, 2012 in Mumbai to mark Bhupen Hazarika’s birth anniversary.