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Huge recognition for Assam: ‘Village Rockstars’ director on National Award win

Set in Rima's own village Chhaygaon near Guwahati in Assam, "Village Rockstars" is the story of "poor but amazing children" who live a fun-filled life.
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Assam: Filmmaker Rima Das’ film based on children in Assam, “Village Rockstars” was named the Best Feature Film at the 65th National Film Awards here on Friday. She says its a huge recognition for Assam as it is after 29 years that an Assamese film has won the honour.

“I am speechless. I have no words to express my joy. It’s a huge recognition for us! My sincere gratitude to the National Awards team for awarding the film, to my parents and my family who stood with me all this time and the almighty for giving me the strength to make ‘Village Rockstars’,” Rima said in a statement.

“It brings an immense joy that a film from Assam made it to this level after 29 years! Massive thank you my ‘Village Rockstars’ family. Thank you to everyone. I am elated, ecstatic and very happy,” she added. 

Set in Rima’s own village Chhaygaon near Guwahati in Assam, “Village Rockstars” is the story of “poor but amazing children” who live a fun-filled life.

The film opens with the children having fun as a rock band. As the story progresses, it captures the whole gamut of fun that these rural children are having despite living a life of poverty and deprivation.

Rima has also won the Best Editing honour for “Village Rockstars”. The movie has also won the Best Child Artist honour for Bhanita Das. It has also been recognised for Best Location Sound Recordist Mallika Das’ work.

It was in 1987 when veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua’s “Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai” had won the honour.

“Village Rockstars” has so far won a number awards and has been screened at different international and Indian film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival 2017, Olympia International Film Festival 2017, Greece , Cine Junior Film Festival, France, 2018, Dharamshala International Film Festival, Kerala International Film Festival and MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, among others. 

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