What inspires us to do something for the benefit of our fellow citizens or the society at large? Or what satisfaction does someone get by promoting something from his or her root? We may have to be philosophical in finding the answers of such questions, but no one can help us in that unless we find the answers within ourselves.
Reema Borah is an aspiring new age director and is coming up with her first Assamese feature film Bokul. An FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), Pune, graduate, she has already made her mark in national and international domain through her short films and documentaries.
Borah’s kitty can boost of some really good pieces of work like Xihotor Katha (their story), which was part of various national and international festivals. Similarly, her short feature ‘Echoes of Silence’ bagged the 55th national award for music. Feature length film Chaatak bagged the special mention at IDPA, 2010.
This ambitious director who recently visited the city to attend a cultural event at Assam Bhavan, Vashi, said, “Navi Mumbai is a city that makes me feel at home. It is in fact not a suburb but a complete city where people are not dependent on the neighbouring Mumbai for any aspect of their lives.”
Talking about her upcoming film, she said, “Bokul has been a very personal journey for me. It started with my own search to find a way to express my thoughts and emotions. My generation has seen so many changes of various kinds — social, political, economical and technological — and there is an intense need to express myself. I thought if I don’t express it now, it would be too late for the same. There is also this burning desire to make a film on my own terms, without giving into third party interference.”
For generating funds for her first feature film, Borah chose the pioneering step, crowd-funding. “I have mainly put up the appeal for contributions on my Facebook page and have created a separate Facebook page for Bokul. I hope to make my film with the help from my friends and well-wishers,” she said.
“With a commercially inclined producer, you may have the money but that does not mean that you have all the creative freedom. I wanted to tell this story in my own way without any creative interference. I would like to thank all my contributors for showing interest in my film and coming forward to help me. But, I am still looking for more contributions, so if anyone is interested in being part of the movement, they can feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail their queries. They can also take a look at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BokulTheFilm,” she concluded.