Dipannita Sharma is set to make her first international red carpet debut for her Assamese film Xhoixobote Dhelamite (Rainbow Fields). The film has bagged eight nominations at the Love International Film Festival (LIFF) including Best feature, Best director (Bidyut Kotoky), Best actor (Nakul Vaid), Best actress (Dipannita Sharma), Best supporting actor (Victor Bannerjee), Best cinematography (Satya prakash Rath) and Best score (Anurag Saikia) and Best screenplay (Bidyut Kotoky).
LIFF 2018 is being held till July 27 at Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Dipannita, who is attending the festival, is wearing a Mekhela Chadar, the traditional Assamese dress worn by women. This is the first Best Actress nomination for her and she is pretty excited. “What makes it so special is that it happens to be at an international film festival for my first feature film in my native language, Assamese,” she says.
Xhoixobote Dhelamite, which is making waves at festival circuit is a semi-autobiographical film. It takes events from Kotoky’s life. The film is produced by India Stories, a Mumbai-based production house, and co-produced by Kotoky’s Dhruv Creative Productions and Kurmasana Kreates.
A TRUE STORY
Throwing more light on the film, Dipannita says, “The film is about children who grow up during the times of violence. It has the backdrop of the insurgency in Assam of the ’80s and shows how your growing up years can affect you in a good or a bad way.”
As far as her role is concerned, she adds, “My role is that of a parent. The film shows how tricky parenting is during such times — how does a parent protect his/her child? The most amazing thing about the film is, it talks about violence and its repercussions without showing a single drop of blood. It is a film about hope and how despite everything, things can turn for the good, only if you see the world in a beautiful light.”
With eight nominations for the film, it must be quite a gratifying moment for the actress at LIFF. “I can only feel much gratitude at this point. I never thought that my decision to work in my native language would garner such wonderful results and accolades for me. It happens to be my first Assamese film and it’s got such fabulous reactions from across the world, which makes me happy,” she adds.
She says that she is looking forward to being part of LIFF also because it has a unique theme. “This festival actually aims at healing the world through cinema, which itself makes me feel very special to be part of the festival. I look forward to the red carpet events, one on the day of the screening of our film and another on the day of the award ceremony. It’s definitely a nervous excitement sort of feeling for me,” she quips.
A FEELING OF HOMECOMING
The actress, who has worked in 16 December, Asambhav, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and others films, says that it was an extremely real feeling working in the Assamese film industry. “It was a feeling of homecoming. It was like doing something for my roots that I’m so proud of. This wasn’t a business or a professional decision for me, it was purely emotional. Probably that’s why it’s garnered what it has, for me,” she says.
NOT IN A HURRY TO SIGN FILMS
Her last film Coffee with D released in 2017. Is she being choosy about the projects she does or is it a lack of interesting films, that has kept her away from the big screen? “2017 isn’t very long, at least not for me,” she says. “I have never ever been on a hectic signing spree. This is just probably how I like to work. But not that it hasn’t been hectic for the last couple of years. Apart from films, I have also done a couple of web series, one of which Bewafaa Sii Wafaa for ALT Balaji also fetched me a best supporting actress award in the first ever digital awards — IWM awards,” she says, adding, “I have also been working with my business partners on my own company called North East Film Studio, which is going to concentrate on shifting focus to the North East of India. I am in the process of putting together the first project under NEFS.”
She has completed working on a short film for Y films (sister concern of Yashraj films). “Directed by Ashish Patil, it is an amalgamation of four shorts collectively called Pyaar. Actually, I shot for the pilot of a new web series too,” says the actress, adding that she is in the process of reading scripts (one Assamese and other Hindi).
Dipannita is open to all kinds of cinema in varied languages. “I would definitely like to do more Assamese and Bengali films (as I can speak the language) along with other regional films but the role and content has to be great,” she concludes.