It is indeed a great time for Assamese film lovers to be in as the Industry in recent times has been blessed with several masterpieces. One among them is Sonar Baran Pakhi, which has brought accolades to the state. The film won the Grand Jury Prize (Best Feature) at the IFFLA (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles) 2017 and the Best Audience Award at the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2017.
Directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah, whose first venture “Adomya” was awarded the Best Film in Spiritual Category, Sonar Baran Pakhi is a biopic based on the life of legendary Goalparia Folk Singer Padmashree Pratima Baruah Pandey. The film depicts how Pratima Baruah Pandey mingled with exponents of Goalparia folk songs to master the art, shunning royal comforts. The film is a journey of Pratima’s life starting from her childhood, when she was mesmerised by the tale of Hastir Kanya, the time when Dr Bhupen Hazarika visited their place and her subsequent singing in Dr Hazarika’s debut film and also in All India Radio. The movie also shows her married life, the solace she finds in singing and her bond with the performing team.
“Many prizes and honours have come my way but it is the love and affection of the people of Assam that I treasure the most” Pratima comments at the end of her life.
Cast of the film includes Pranami Borah, Arati Barua and Pranjal Saikia among others.
Other achievements of the film include selection in 18th MAMI Film Festival, 2016, 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival, 2016, 15th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, 2016, Khajuraho International Film Festival, 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 13th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, 2017, IFFSA Toronto, 20th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, 2017, Habitat Film Festival, 2017, 13th JECHEON International Music and Film festival, Korea, 2017, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, 2017, Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, 2017, WMAFF, Sydney, 2017, Kaleidoscope Film Festival, New York, 2017, 7th International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu, 2017 and Singapore South Asian International Film Festival and Chicago South Asian Film Festival, 2017.
Bobby Sarma Baruah is an Indian Film maker, Producer and Screenwriter whose narrative content on socio cultural issues in Assam and the North East has been highly appreciated. Her debut feature film Adomya in which she explored the sensitivity and emotional world of women was awarded best film in spiritual category at the 13th Dhaka International Film festival. Adomya was also screened as an official selection for more than fifteen international film festivals across the world. .