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Hindi film Kooki from Assam set to release in Shillong 

Movie to screen at Cannes film festival on May 21

Guwahati/Shillong:  Critically acclaimed Hindi film Kooki is all set to release nationally on June 28. The film has touched a sensitive topic narrating the journey of a rape victim. Directed by Pranab J Deka , the movie revolves around the multiple stages and mental trauma  a victim goes through. 

In a bold move to showcase the rich cultural tapestry and cinematic talent of Assam, the Assamese film industry has embarked on a pioneering journey with its latest Hindi-language production. This decision, rooted in a desire to reach a broader audience and gain national recognition, marks a significant milestone in the industry’s evolution.

The decision to produce a Hindi-language film stems from the industry’s ambition to break regional barriers and showcase the unique narratives and filmmaking prowess of Assamese filmmakers on a pan-India platform. By opting for Hindi, a language widely understood across the country, the industry aims to resonate with a diverse audience and create a lasting impact.


Speaking about this strategic shift, Dr Junmoni Devi Khound, producer of the movie, highlighted the importance of reaching out to a larger audience. “Our goal is to demonstrate the depth and diversity of Assamese cinema to audiences beyond our region. Hindi, as a national language, provides us with a platform to showcase our storytelling heritage and technical expertise to a wider spectrum of viewers,”

The move to produce a Hindi-language film is not merely a commercial venture but a strategic step towards positioning Assamese cinema on the national stage. It reflects the industry’s aspirations to garner wider recognition, attract investments, and pave the way for future collaborations with stakeholders across the Indian film landscape.

The production of the Hindi-language film is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the Assamese film industry, with a remarkable 98% of the crew hailing from Assam. This endeavor not only highlights the industry’s talent pool but also serves as a learning experience, fostering cross-cultural exchanges and skill development among the crew members. The film has actors, singers, musician from both regional and national level with big names from the industry.

Cannes feat 

Ahead of its official release, across the nation, Kooki will be screened at Cannes Film Festival 2024. Kooki will be screened on  May 21 at 11.30am (local time) at Palais H.
 “I am deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to screen my debut feature film, KOOKI, at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2024. This platform not only celebrates cinematic art but also amplifies the voices that dare to speak on vital global issues. KOOKI addresses a topic that urgently demands international attention and dialogue, making its presentation at Cannes particularly significant. I believe that the subject matter of our film deserves a global audience, as it calls for awareness and impactful legal amendments. This opportunity is a dream come true for any filmmaker, and I am immensely thankful for the chance to bring our story to such a renowned stage.” said the Producer Khound.
Kooki  shows the story of a non-Assamese girl and her life struggle, love story and many obstacles throughout which exhibits different elements of Assamese culture. Many established Bollywood actors and Assamese artists working in Bollywood industry have acted in the movie. The actors are- Ritisha Khound, Rajesh Tailang, Dipannita Sarma, Ritu Shivpuri, Devoleena Bhattacharya, Bodhisatwa Sarma, Kamal Lochan, Bibhuti Bhushan Hazarika, Preeti Kangkana, Ranjib Lal Borah and many others. Bollywood singers Suniddhi Chauhan, Divya Kumar, Mohammad Faiz and Krittika Sharma from Assam sang three songs for movie.

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