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Aisa Yeh Jahaan, a Hindi film with a Northeast connection, is all set for release, says Lipika Ajmera

HINDI FILM ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’, produced by Maya Kholie from Arunachal Pradesh and directed by Biswajeet Bora has almost reached the final stage of its making. The film is scheduled for release in next couple of months.

     Bora said that the film is in the final mixing stage under award winning sound mixing engineer Alok Dey at Mumbai’s Fiesta Studio. Dey has recently worked in ‘NH10’ produced by Anuska Sharma and also in Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’. Bora has paid special attention to the technical aspect of the film.

     Recently, the film has completed its DI (digital intermediate) work in Mumbai’s Origin Studio under DI colourist Sujit Bora, who said the film looks fabulous, well shot. “I have used some beautiful colours to create the flashback scenes and dream scenes. People will get to see a good film after a long time,” the DI expert said.

     Based on a unique and relevant story, ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ has already created a buzz in Bollywood for many reasons. Kholie has planned to release the film in May this year with pan-India release as well as overseas. The film’s music – six original tracks have been composed by Euphoria’s Palash Sen – is set to be released in April in Mumbai.

     The film is set in Mumbai, tells the story of ever growing human detachment with nature and how an urban family gets trapped in the concrete jungles of a metropolis. It reflects the wide-range conception of children drifting away and gradually forgetting their roots, and the circumstances that somehow push us into today’s world of technology.

     Eventually the film gives out its social message in a satirical and light-hearted way. It is filled with subtle humour and has a sardonic style of storytelling. The film tries to bring the Northeastern flavour for the first time in Bollywood mainstream cinema. It also raises the issues of how northeastern people face racism in the metro cities.

     ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ is India’s first carbon-neutral feature film. With the help of CERE, an NGO from Mumbai, the production company has planted some 370 trees across the country to make the film carbon neutral and compensate for polluting the environment during the making of the film by using electricity, fuel, generator, plastic, etc. This new concept has been welcomed by some reputed film production houses in Bollywood.

     The film is written and directed by Biswajeet Bora, who had earlier assisted noted filmmaker Jahnu Barua for several years before directing his own film in 2007. It was an Assamese film called ‘Ejak Jonakir Jhilmil’. Kholie established her production company Kholie Entertainment in 2009 in Mumbai and made the documentary ‘Angel of the aboriginals: Dr Verrier Elwin’ directed by Bora, which went to several international film festivals.

     The dialogues of the film are written by two-time national award winner Ashok Mishra while two-time national award winner Suresh Pai edited it. The film’s sound design is by Arun Nambiar, camera by Vierendrra Lalit, music composed by Palash Sen, choreography by Ganesh Acharya, Rahul Thomre and Deepak Dey, and background music composed by award winner Anurag Saikia. The film is co-produced by Kezleen Kholie and Satish Sharma is the associate producer.

     Sen stars in the film too, along with Ira Dubey, Yashpal Sharma, Tinu Anand, Kymsleen Kholie, Prisha Dabbas, Satish Sharma, Saurabh Pandey and Carol Gracias.

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