Jetuka Pator Dore

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Jetuka Pator Dare
Jetuka Pator Dare Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jadumoni Dutta
Produced by Noorul Sultan
Written by Syed Abdul Malik (Novel)
Munin Barua (Screenplay)
Starring Aimee Barua
Raag Ainitam
Bishnu Khargharia
Arun Hazarika
Kapil Bora
Biki
Jayanta Bhagabati
Music by Polash Gogoi
Cinematography Siddhartha Barua
Edited by Rupam Kalita
Production
company
Maina Industrial Co-Operative Society Ltd.
Distributed by Sangam Pictures, Guwahati
Release date
  • 23 April 2011 (2011-04-23)
(GIFF)
  • 19 August 2011 (2011-08-19)
(Assam)
Running time
90 minutes
Country India
Language Assamese

Jetuka Pator Dore (Assamese: জেতুকা পাতৰ দৰে, English: Enchanting, Challenging… The Life, lit. "Like the Henna Leaf") is a 2011 Indian drama film based on the novel of the same name by Syed Abdul Malik. The film stars Aimee Barua and Raag Ainitam, was directed by Jadumoni Dutta, and produced by Noorul Sultan for Maina Industrial Co-Operative Society Ltd. The storyline is set to the backdrop of an interior village of Assam, India in the 1970s, which has never seen progress and prosperity, and tells the story of Radha, a young woman of lower caste fighting against corruption and for the rights of her community.

Jetuka Pator Dore won the Best Feature Film in Assamese award in the 58th National Film Awards for 2010.[1]

Plot[edit]

In an interior village of Assam in the 1970s, poor farmers and fishermen are always exploited by contractor Jamuna Hazarika, a wealthy villager.

Radha (Aimee Barua), an orphan grew up in the family of her maternal uncle Nakul (Arun Hazarika) and his wife who had no offspring. Rajat (Raag Ainitam), also an orphan stayed with them as household help. Radha and Rajat spent childhood together. When they grows ups, Nakul arranged Rajat’s stay at a small thatched house built at the rear side of the orchard of the village school teacher Hemdhar (Bishnu Khargharia). But the intimacy between Rajat and Radha remained the same.

Having passed out matriculation, Radha joined the local college and with her talent and intelligence she soon became popular among students and teachers. Of the teachers, professor Mahanta (Biki) showed special interest in her. But Radha was more impressed by professor Naren Dutta (Kapil Borah), a shy, introvert man by nature and with strong ethical principle. As the result, rumour was spread in the village of Radha having affair with both the Professors.

Radha got involved in the village affairs, and she influenced Rajat to think the course of action logically. Radha and Rajat joined the mission of smashing up country liquor joints and also questioned on the morality of Jamuna Hazarika in running licensed liquor outlet. Radha, along with Rajat, took initiative and exposed all wrongdoings of Hazarika and his son Muhidhar in their process of construction of the dam.

Finally, the monsoon downpour dropped in. Unabated heavy shower for days did the same to the villagers what they have been witnessing since ages. The dam constructed by Hazarika proved to be a farce because Muhidhar and his unholy nexus cut the base of the dam in the darkness of the downpour night. The entire area became submerged with water.

The flood relief distribution team of the college led by professor Mahanta enjoyed the mission with joy and fun like having a picnic. Radha, disturbed, annoyed and tormented mentally, while standing on the bank of the devastating river, recalls the words of her most admired professor Naren Dutta : "You’ve suffered, I’ve suffered. Only we have to struggle for our own dignity, we’ve got to fight."

Cast[edit]

  • Aimee Barua as Radha
  • Raag Ainitam as Rajat
  • Arun Hazarika as Nakul
  • Bishnu Khargharia as school teacher Hemdhar
  • Kapil Bora as professor Naren Dutta
  • Biki as professor Mahanta

Production[edit]

After the commercial success of debut film "Agnisakshi" and winning two institutional awards for best debut director, "Jetuka Pator Dore" is the second venture of Jadumoni Dutta as a director. Speaking about the film he said, "Basic essence of the storyline deals with strong determination of our young generation to make free the society from corruption, exploitation on economically underprivileged section and classification of people on the basis of caste and creed.... I want my audience to feel the pain of suffered through my film."[2]

It was filmed in original location where the novel is based on, Dergaon area of Golaghat, Assam. The flood scene of the films were shot on actual flood.

Release[edit]

Film Festivals[edit]

The film was first screened on 23 April 2011 at First Gandhinagar International Film Festival held from 21 April – 24 April 2011.[3] The director was also invited to present the film. The film is also scheduled to screen on South Asian Film Festival, which is going to held on Goa from 15 to 18 September 2011.[4] In this festival also the director is invited to present the film.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was generally met with positive reviews by critics. Utpal Mena of Niyomiya Barta praising the director said that the later had expressed the story wonderfully with the language of camera. He also mentioned the acting of Aimee Barua and Raag Ainitam as a surprise package.[5] The performance of Aimee Barua in a non-glamarous role of Radha is considered as the best performance of her till date by many critics.

Awards[edit]

The film won the Best Feature Film in Assamese award in the 58th National Film Awards for 2010.

In Prag Cine Award 2011, the Jetuka Pator Dore team received 9 nominations, surprisingly not nominating for Best Film, and won 4 of it. The winning categories include Best Actress, Best Editor, Best Lyrics and Best Female Playback Singer.

Hemanta Dutta won the Best Lyrics award for "Biphal Sakupanire" in the Assam State Film Awards for the period 2010-2012, which was presented on 10 March 2013 at Machkhowa, Guwahati.

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2010 58th National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Assamese Noorul Sultan and Jadumoni Dutta Won [1]
2011 Prag Cine Award Best Actress Aimee Barua Won
Best Editor Rupam Kalita Won
Best Female Playback Singer Anindita Paul for "Biphal Sakupanire" Won
Best Lyrics Hemanta Dutta for "Biphal Sakupanire" Won
Best Actor Raag Ainitam Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Arun Hazarika Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Zubeen Garg for "Puwar Hanhit" Nominated
Best Art Direction Jadumoni Dutta Nominated
Best Cinematography Siddhartha Barua Nominated
2010-2012 Assam State Film Awards Best Lyrics Hemanta Dutta for "Biphal Sakupanire" Won

Soundtrack[edit]

Jetuka Pator Dore
Soundtrack album by Palash Gogoi
Released 31 July 2011 (2011-07-31)
Genre Film Soundtrack
Length 44:46
Label Regional Music Center (RMC)

The soundtrack was composed by Palash Gogoi. The audio was launched in Guwahati on 31 July 2011[6] by prominent singer of Assam Dwipen Baruah. The album consists 10 tracks, though only 2 tracks are used in the movie. These two tracks are "Puwar Hanhit" and "Biphal Sakupanire."

Tracklist
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Puwar Hanhit" Zubeen Garg 3:44
2. "Ebar Shudhana (Duet)" Santa Uzir, Simanta Sekhar 4:31
3. "Palakate" Dikshu 5:00
4. "Pakhila Porise" Zubeen Garg 3:01
5. "Aai Tore" Chayanika Bhuyan 4:52
6. "Naajitora" Dikshu 3:48
7. "Puwar Hanhit (Duet)" Zubeen Garg, Santa Uzir 3:45
8. "Ebar Shudhana" Santa Uzir 4:30
9. "Sheetal Sheetal" Dikshu, Zublee 5:38
10. "Biphal Sakupanire" Anindita Paul 5:57
Total length: 44:46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 58th National Film Awards Announced
  2. ^ Director's Statement
  3. ^ Schedule of Gandhinagar International Film Festival 2011
  4. ^ Schedule of South Asian Film Festival
  5. ^ "RoughCut by Utpal Mena" - Niyamiya Barta, 11 May 2011 [Page 16]
  6. ^ "Jetuka Pator Dore Audio CD released" - Ajir Dainik Batori, 1 August 2011 [Page 2]

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