Ishu is the name of a young boy who resides in a remote tribal village in Assam who is very fond of his widowed aunt.
His aunt, Ambika Jethi, as he calls him, gives herbal medicines to the people of the village to cure various diseases. Ishu’s other aunt plots against her and she falls trap to a serious conspiracy. The movie talks about the prevalent superstitious practice of witchcraft and black magic, all through the perspective of a young child.
Directed by Utpal Borpujari l CAST: Kapil Garo, Tonthoinghambi Leishangthem Devi, Bishnu Kharghoria, Chetana Das, Pratibha Choudhury, Dipika Deka, Nibedita Bharali, Basanta Rabha, Dhananjay Rabha, Monuj Borkotoky, Mahendra Das, Naba Kumar Baruah, Rajesh Bhuyan, Manuj Gogoi
Ishu is an adaptation of an Assamese novel which is also named Ishu, written by a very famous Assamese writer named Manikuntala Bhattacharya. The backdrop of the story is the problem of witch hunting which is very much prevalent in Assam, and tribal areas of many states like Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Chattisgarh, and even Maharastra. So I thought this could be a unique way to look at the problem of witch hunting because here, the whole issue is being observed from the point of view of a small child. Usually, it’s very easy to talk about such serious problems from an adult’s point of view. When you look at the same thing from a child’s perspective, sometimes you get to see a totally new perspective. And the innocence of children is something which could lead to solutions of many problems because they don’t have hatred towards anybody. They are the purest forms of human being. That’s how I got attracted to the story and in all my documentaries so far, the subjects are always picked from the North-East region. So my whole effort has been to bring out unknown and untold stories from North-East. That’s the reason I felt this could be a good story that I could tell the world.