Along with the National award for the Best feature film, Rima Das‘ Village Rockstars also won the awards for Best Editing, Best Child Artist, and the Best Audiography.
The 65th National Film Award marked a breakthrough moment for director-producer Rima Das‘ Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars‘. The film was honoured with the Best Feature Film. It is after twenty-nine years that an Assamese film won the National Film Award in the same category.
Twenty-nine years ago, noted director Jahnu Barua’s ‘Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai’ was honoured with the same award. The film by Barua was the first movie in the above-mentioned category to win an award back in 1988. Das repeated history after nearly three decades and brought pride to her native land.
‘Village Rockstars‘ is a movie by Flying River Films. It is about a 10-year-old girl Dhunu, who in the brunt of poverty, dreams of owning a guitar. Dhanu resides in a small village in northeast India. She constantly battles to dream and find her ways to form a rock band of her own. She is shown confronting hostile natural calamities, slowly crushing the aspirations that she has for herself. The movie gracefully depicts and captures the life of people in rural Assam. It is a story of hope and courage.
Rima who is a self-taught filmmaker shot the movie in her own village near Guwahati. She confesses,
“I shot the film in my village back in Assam. One day there was a local musical gathering and I saw this group of amazing kids who were playing with fake instruments. The idea seeped in and I casually went and approached the kids with the idea of making a film together. The kids were enthusiastic about the idea, and that’s how I decided to make this film.”
Rima further added that the film is extremely positive and gives the poor an encouragement to dream.
The film did rounds of several film festivals like Toronto, San Sebastian, Mumbai, Cork, Leiden, Olympia, IFFK, SIFFCY, Göteborg and Cairo International Film Festivals, among many others across the globe while winning several awards and acclamations.
Along with Best Feature film, Rima also won the Best Editing honours while Bhanita Das bagged the Child Artist honour.
Rima also earlier stated that she is working on a teenage love story for her upcoming project. She is yet to decide on the title of the film.