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GUWAHATI, Oct 28, 2017: After a very successful World Premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival, South Africa; Assam's very own Sanjib Dey's debut feature film "III SMOKING BARRELS" is set to have its European Premiere in the International Competition section at the 66th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany on 12th November, 2017.
It is one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the World that screens the works of first time filmmakers. During its history, the debut feature films of legendary directors such as Satyajit Ray, Francois Truffaut, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Lars von Trier, Fateh Akin, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Jim Jarmusch among others were showcased at this prestigious festival. It will be for the first time in 5 years that an Indian film got selected at this festival.
III SMOKING BARRELS is a film exclusively about North East India. It is an anthology of three stories each exploring a different stage of human life. The first story is about a girl child, who on escaping from a rebel camp hijacks a car, transpiring in a journey that unravels her plight and prods deep into traumatic issues of children involved in armed conflicts. The next story is about a boy, a drug peddler, and his journey into the drug world. It simultaneously explores the life of his grieving, widowed mother. The third story is about a migrant, an elephant poacher, who ends up killing 15 elephants to fend for himself and his young wife. It explores his treacherous life and the murky powers that control this abhorrent business. The film is inspired by true events and in order to keep the narrative as realistic as possible, much like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Hollywood masterpiece Babel, it seamlessly uses multiple languages, viz – English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Nagamese & Manipuri.
Director Sanjib Dey was born and brought up in Golaghat, Assam and has been active in the Mumbai Film & TV industry for more than a decade, during which he has worked as an assistant director for Govind Nihalani, Habib Faisal and Australian director Saun Lynch among others.
Produced by Amit Malpani's Malpani Talkies, the film stars well known Bollywood and Tollywood actors like Indraneil Sengupta, Subrat Dutta, Amrita Chattopadhyay and Nalneesh Neel as well as gifted actors from the North East like Mandakini Goswami, Rajni Basumatary, Bijou Thaangjam, Niloy Shankar Gupta, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Podmorag Saikia and Chetana Das among others. Young and exciting new comers like Shiny Gogoi, Siddharth Boro and Vikram Gogoi round up the stellar cast with powerful roles in the film.
National Award winner Anurag Saikia, who has worked in Bollywood films like Dangal, Kick & Jagga Jasoos, has composed the background score in collaboration with Hollywood & Italian music composer Michele Josia. Also, renowned singer Papon has sung a Borgeet for the film.
The story & screenplay has been written by Sanjib Dey, while Tasadduk Ahmed & Dev Gupta, both from Assam and presently working in Bollywood, have written the dialogues. Former Femina Miss India finalist Sukalpa Das is the costume designer of the film and Phatik Baruah, a veteran in the business has helmed the art direction department. Devabrot Chaliha, who has worked with famous Bollywood filmmakers like Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap, is the Sound Designer of the film, while 3 time National Award winner Alok De is the Sound Mixing Engineer.
The film has been edited by Praveen Kathikuloth, who has edited the hit Bollywood film Naam Shabana and is currently working on Neeraj Pandey's upcoming film Aiyaary starring Manoj Bajpayee & Siddharth Malhotra. Anil B. Akki, who is a name to reckon with in the Ad film industry and is also a Bollywood Cinematographer, is the Director of Photography. It is worth mentioning that the large crew of the film comprises people from almost every state in the country, with representation from every North Eastern state.
III SMOKING BARRELS has been picked by European distribution company Pantera Film for commercial release in theatres across Italy. Further, the film will have its India premiere in the International Film Festival of Kerala and later, a pan Indian theatrical release in early 2018.