Rima Das and her film Village Rockstars is a synonym for awards. In the past year or so the film has traveled the world (BTW it is still traveling) and has been sweeping all the top prizes. The story was no different on the 65th National Awards, which was held on 13th April 2018.

It is after twenty-nine years that an Assamese film won the National Film Award in the same category.

The 65th National Film Award marked a breakthrough moment for director-producer Rima Das‘ Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars‘. The film was honored with:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Editing
  • Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist)
  • Best Child Artist

A day after the National Award was announced, Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty took to Twitter to air his displease about the award committee’s decisions. He tweeted:

Resul Pookutty’s tweet was heavily criticised by Assamese filmgoers. His remark created a lot of buzz in social media with many feeling that he was going overboard with the reaction and he could have kept his differences subtle.


To calm the situation and stop the unnecessary controversy, the veteran National Awarded film critics cum filmmaker Utpal Borpujari, whose debut film Ishu, also took home the 65th National Awards for Best Assamese film, backed Resul Pookutty’s tweet.

Resul took to Facebook to explain that Village Rockstars was post-produced in his studio for free. And asked Amrit Pritam, who is also a jury member in Oscars, to disprove his statement.

Later, last night Amrit Pritam, who did the sound designing for both the films- Village Rockstars and Ishu, and who also works closely with Resul Pookutty gave his point of view to further clear the air.


It would now be interesting to know the viewpoint of Rima Das and Mallika Das, on the same.

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