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Jatin Bora's 'ratnakar' to release in October

Making his comeback after 13 years as a filmmaker, actor Jatin Bora is gearing up to present his new film ‘Ratnakar’. The much anticipated big-budgeted film, produced under the banner of JB Films, will hit the screens on October 11, soon after the conclusion of Durga Puja. The need of the hour is to provide meaningful entertainment so that the audiences in Assam go back to the theatres. Jatin Bora has assured that his venture is not a run-of-the-mill Assamese film but promises something more. Depicting three different stages of a man’s life, the film is built around a father-daughter relationship, which has not been adequately explored in Assamese cinema.

The film boasts of a number of notable professionals, known for their creative abilities in their respective fields, which has enriched its production and aesthetic value. Bora has surrounded himself with people with whom he has built up good rapport over the years, whether it’s from cinema or theatre. He has roped in no less than the prolific dramatist of mobile theatre - Abhijeet Bhattacharya, to pen the film’s story, script and dialogues.

As expected, the film’s music, scored by Zubeen Garg, has caught on with the public in a big way, notching up chartbusters like Raati Raati, Eta Kotha and Bhaal Puware. Garg deserves due credit for composing songs which have enraptured the public, especially the youth. Armed with the experience of working in around 50 Assamese and other language films, Jatin Bora, who has produced the film along with his better-half Navanita Sharma Bora, is quite happy with the film’s final output.

‘Ratnakar’s camerawork has been done by Pradip Daimary, who has left quite an impact with his work in a number of films. The aerial photography is done by Jaydeep Paul. The lyrics have been written by Zubeen Garg, Sasanka Samir and Rahul Gautam Sharma. The playback singing has been done by Zubeen Garg, Gayatri Hazarika, Satabdi, Navanita Sharma Bora, Joshua, Chayanika and Harshita Bhattacharjya. The background music, which sets the film’s emotional tone, is scored by Poran Borkatoky and Bibhuti Gogoi.

This dream project of Jatin Bora and Navanita Sharma Bora, which features all the successful ingredients of mainstream cinema, has been shot in Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Meghalaya and the scenic landscapes of Ladakh, where the popular romantic song and one of the film’s highlights - Raati raati xun mur xopun bure, was picturised on Jatin Bora and Barsha Rani Bishaya.

An ensemble of experienced and popular artistes populate the cast of ‘Ratnakar’. They include: Jatin Bora, Barsha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Bishnu Khargharia, Sanjeev Hazorika, Chetana Das, Reena Bora, Hiranya Deka, Pratibha Choudhury, Pabitra Barua, Padmarag Goswami and child artiste Ashrumika Saikia, who will be seen as Jatin Bora’s daughter. Ashrumika, who makes her feature film debut, has acted as the child version of Lord Krishna in the popular annual event ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’, organised by Basanta Kumar Baruah and Bobby Baruah, for a number of years now. She plays a feisty character, who grows up under her father’s care, even as he struggles to provide for her.

The script has offered considerable scope for creativity for the gifted Jatin Bora, who brings his multifaceted character to life. Despite the passage of so many years, he still possesses lively enthusiasm and a good amount of stamina.

The film’s editing and visual promotion is done by Protim Khaound. The sound designing is done by the much experienced Debojit Changmai. The songs are choreographed by Deepak Dey, Uday Shankar, Pankaj Ingti and Sachin Baruah. The makeup has been done by Biswajit Kalita. The art direction is handled by Jyoti Shankar Bhattacharyya and Navanita Sharma Bora (for the Meghalaya segment). The action scenes are directed by the fight master of south Indian films, Rajesh Kanan. The Mumbai-based Rajesh Yadav has worked as the film’s DI Colorist. The film’s associate director is Manujit Sharma. The chief assistant director is Anupam Baishya. The assistants are Hemanta Gogoi and Anindita Kalita. The publicity still-photography is by Anup Baruah, while the location still-photography is done by Pallav Mahanta. The film’s production manager is the much experienced Manoj Kumar Mishra. ‘Ratnakar’s music and poster have already been released.



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Oil field auction fuels massive protest

6 Jul 2016 - 1:07pm | Bg Gogoi

Assam is on the threshold of a massive agitation for exercising the rights over its own resources if somebody goes by the howls of startewide protest against the move to auction marginal oil fields.

Many political parties and organizations are up in arms against the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre alleging a set of policies which is believed to have hurt the sentiment of the people who are proud of the state’s oil and tea.

These agitating parties and organizations have not spared three month old BJP-led coalition government as they pledged massive agitation to stop the move.
The massive agitation started erupting as soon as the Centre cleared the decks for auctioning a dozen of oil fields to the outside parties for operation calling it a non profitable exercise.

“We won’t allow it to happen. We will try to resist. Let’s see how the Centre auction these oil fields,” uttered RTI activist Akhil Gogoi who was thrashed along with his fans and supporters when he was staging a demo beside a roadshow in Guwahati in presence of petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan as he was holding talks with the interested bidders a couple of days back.

The uncompromising United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) vowed to protest the auction move. In a statement, the armed outfit said that they won’t remain idle if the people in power keep exploiting the state resources.

Same voice of discord was evident when student organizations like All Assam Students Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad pledged to resist the move. AASU, the influential student organization threaten to launch a massive agitation if the Centre refuses to halt the move. In a recent statement, it strongly opposed the move and advocated state ownership of its natural resources to serve the interest of the state.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad has given the NDA government at the Centre an ultimatum till July 8 to stop the deal. In a recent press conference in Sivasagar in the upper portion of the oil rich Assam said that the Centre’s anti-Assam policy has forced them to take resort to oil field, road and rail blockade from Monday.

“We are dead opposed to the move and have served an ultimatum to the Modi government at the Centre till July 8. We are ready to face any eventuality,” said Biswajeet Tipomia, an AJYCP leader in Sivasagar district where they are blocking the oilfields, rails and roads from Monday.

The picture is not different in the political circle. The Asom Gana Parishad, the main coalition partner of the newly elected NDA government in Dispur has vehemently opposed the move. “This is bound the hurt the sentiment of the people of Assam. I want to urge the Centre to reconsider the decision,” said AGP leader and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister and octogenarian Congress leader Tarun Gogoi also opposed the Centre move and vowed to back any democratic form of protest to resist the auctioning of Assam oil fields. Addressing a crowded press conference the three time chief minister castigated the governments at the centre and state alleging it an attempt to handover the state resources to the outsiders.

Gogoi said, “f these marginal oil fields are not economically viable what forces the private parties to come forward? Why the public sector units are not considered? We would oppose it tooth and nail.”

A local organization has already called for 12-hour statewide Assam bandh last week which met partial response.

But the Government side is not likely to halt the process. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan who keeps visiting the oil rich state was firm on the government stand saying that it would fetch Rs 17,000 crore. He further said that it would give Assam the full rights over its own resources albeit he could not explain it.

Chief Minister Sonowal smartly said,” the entire process is allowed only for the interest of Assam and its people.” Beyond that he could not go further to convince the people whom he heads.

The Centre has not shown any sign to reconsider suggesting a full scale agitation in the state where the government would take up it “a law and order situation”.

Tackling horse trading

3 Feb 2014 - 4:15pm | AT News

Amid the alleged attempt of horse trading in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls, altogether 21 intellectuals have written to Congress leadership to help the Opposition elect a member to the upper House.

In a joint letter signed by these people including Nalinidhar Bhattacharya, Tilak Hazarika, Dr Anima Guha, Nirupoma Borgohain have urged Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to leave a seat for the Opposition consensus candidate.

ABSU opposes arms to public

5 May 2014 - 9:40pm | Hantigiri Narzary

All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) opposes the rises the matter of legal arms to the public of BTAD where the minority people were raised for their security.

Promod Boro, president of the ABSU said the raise of the legal arms to the public in BTAD for their life secured is very unfortunate. The government has been not control extremist activities in the region deploying many paramilitary. In this time the government steps on legal arms to public for control extremist it’s never good shine for common public. It may know that government lying down to extremist in the name of control their activities.

Boro also mentioned that the all kind of the illegal arms should be seized in this time. But in this time the government not sizing the all kinds of arms from civilian the government going to give legal arms is very panic for community harmony, so the government should mind carefully it. He also mentioned that if the all illegal arms seized in time then it should be come normalcy in the region.

He also said that in the name of operation extremist the government playing a game where some common civilians have been victimize, where main culprits saving. Boro mentioned that all kind of the incident of the region is not by only extremist many of them are politically conspiracy so he demands to identify the main culprit and all government officials should maintain good manner on it.