Assamese film lovers happy as Mon Jai, Aai Kot Nai bag awards

Two Assamese movies Mon Jai by M Maniram and Aai Kot Nai by Manju Bora have made their presence felt at the National Film Awards, India's top movie awards announced on January 23, 2010.The movie fraternity of Assam, is all agog with the announcement.

THE FILM fraternity of Assam, the northeastern state of India, is all agog with the announcement of National Film Awards, India's top movie awards in national capital New Delhi.

Two of the best movies that reflected better cinema in the state bagged honours at the awards. Debutant director M Maniram's Mon Jai has bagged the best regional movie. A Rajal Kamal is indeed a double treat for this young promising director. Mon Jai, M Maniram's directorial debut had earlier made its entry into the prestigious Indian Panorama package. The movie invited critical acclaim when it was screened at the International Film Festival of India.

Talking about Mon Jai, the movie dwelt with youth unrest at present times - an upsurge resulting from ever-widening economic divide in this society governed by favouritism. Four unemployed youths driven by desperation and treading the shortcut way to make some quick bucks is something we regularly come across in newspapers. But the treatment by the filmmaker of the whole predicament and its pathetic fallout was commendable of a first-time director. The youths carry on with their life but not without the sense of guilt that remain to haunt them for the rest of their lives. Flawless emoting by a not so regular actor Zubeen Garg and company coupled with effortless handling of the goings-on by director. M Maniram had gone a long way to touch the hearts of both young and old.

Acclaimed director Manju Bora's emotional celluloid journey Aai Kot Nai was selected for the Nargis Dutt Award for the best movie on national integration. Manju Bora’s latest film Aai Kot Nai shows the misery of people displaced by the Assam-Nagaland border clashes. She uses the rains to highlight their helplessness and despair, heighten the mood of melancholy and show the agony of a mother separated from her suckling infant.