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Must watch movies of Arunachal Pradesh

04 Dec,2023 05:43 PM, by: Posy Lui
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Let's explore the vibrant spirit of Arunachal Pradesh beyond its enchanting landscapes. To truly grasp the essence of the tribal community, one must immerse oneself in the movies depicting their stories. Arunachal is actively improving its presence in the domain of regional cinema, showcasing a rising pool of talented individuals in the entertainment industry. Don't miss out on these five must-watch movies from the state!

1. Mera Dharam, Meri Maa (1976)

Director Bhupen Hazarika skillfully brought to life the vibrant world of Arunachal Pradesh in the first-ever coloured Hindi feature film from the state. With a stellar cast including Bengia Mala, Nabam Tata, Tatu Tayung, and Asangla Ao, the film is a timeless classic, set against the picturesque backdrop of a rural Nyishi village in NEFA, now known as Arunachal Pradesh.

The complete credit for this masterpiece goes to Bhupen Hazarika, who served as the multi-talented director, singer and actor. The impactful song, "Humara Arunachal," featured in the film written and sung by Lt Bhupen Ji and produced by the Government of Arunachal, commemorates the establishment of Arunachal Pradesh on January 20, 1972, separating from the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA). The timeless and iconic song stands as the unofficial state anthem, celebrating the cultural richness, pristine landscapes, and rural beauty of the state.

The movie delves into the universal fear among tribal communities regarding outsiders, addressing concerns about diseases, child abduction, and cultural differences. Additionally, it explores the scepticism and challenges of adapting to modernity, new technology and innovations from the outside world. The narrative unfolds as a coming-of-age story between two brothers Talo and Takar who venture beyond their comfort zones into the realms of education, a love triangle and modernity, shaping their perspectives, attitudes, and morality over time towards cultural identity. The film, released in 1976, remains a delightful watch even after 47 years (2023), holding a special place in the hearts of every Arunachali.

2. Crossing Bridges (2013)

Sange Dorjee Thongdok skillfully crafted, directed, and produced "Crossing Bridges," a groundbreaking feature film that showcases the exceptional talents of Phuntsu Khrime, a renowned actor and Anshu Jamsenpa, a prominent Mountaineer and Padma Shri awardee. Notably, this cinematic masterpiece stands as the first-ever feature film created in the language of the Sherdukpen tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It first premiered on September 27, 2013, at the prestigious Mumbai International Film Festival and left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. Its excellence was acknowledged with the prestigious National Film Award for Best Film in Shertukpen in 2013.

The narrative of the film revolves around the compelling theme of rediscovering one's home and cultural roots after an extended period spent away from them. Tashi, our protagonist in his early thirties, grapples with the challenges of returning to his remote village after eight years, compelled by the loss of his job in the city. The movie is a must-watch for culturally disconnected individuals, as the storyline beautifully unfolds the journey of reconnecting with deeply rooted beliefs and cultural heritage, offering a poignant exploration of identity and belonging.

3. Itanagar, 0'KM

Directed by the talented duo Tai Gungte and Taba Manglam, and featuring a stellar cast including Tai Tugung, Nabam Ana, Licha Aka, and Joram Rinya, "Itanagar 0KM" is a compelling drama with a strong focus on self-discovery and social awareness, produced by Alison Welly. The film artfully portrays the story of a young man facing adversity, emphasizing his struggles and resilience by boldly addressing the prevalent issue of unemployment, and offering a refreshing perspective.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Chima, who after his rejected love, as well as dealing with unemployment, refuses to passively wait for political intervention or miracles to happen. Instead, he engages in various odd jobs – from selling bamboo to giving tuition and even working on a poultry farm – though success eludes him at every turn. Chima's character resonates with the audience, often with a comedic yet tragic twist of life giving him lemons, adding a unique and engaging dimension to its narrative.

Charming and brilliantly portrayed by Tai Tugung, the character of Chima takes the audience on a journey through the highs and lows of his tumultuous life. From the challenges faced by a young Chima to the far-reaching consequences of unemployment in his adult life, the film masterfully weaves an emotional narrative. Chima's struggles serve as a symbolic representation of the challenges faced by every youth, delivering a powerful message of perseverance in the face of adversity.

4. Capital 2 (2023) upcoming movie

An Arunwood Feature Films, Capital 2, the highly anticipated film produced by Lokam Loring and directed by Neba T Siga, features an impressive cast including Tumken Sora, Metum Timba, Taba Reema, Monu Deori, and Talo Potom, the current Deputy Commissioner of Itanagar Capital Complex.

Set against the backdrop of the stunning and unspoiled Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in the capital city, Itanagar, the movie portrays the captivating narrative of the capital region's chaotic transformation. It will boldly tackle the surge in crime and illegal activities that threaten the once-serene and harmonious city. Capital 2 addresses issues like illicit drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, prostitution, trafficking, dirty politics, power and even murder, which was rather uncommon in the vicinity.

The film utilises the exceptional talents of the young local actors to convey a powerful message about addressing these challenges through art, creativity, dance, and steering clear of harmful activities. It emphasises choosing a path that brings peace of mind, rather than seeking solace in places one may regret later.

The upcoming movie is set to hit the theatres on 15th December. The trailer is out now ▶️ Watch:


5. Sangi-Gai (2023) upcoming movie

The highly anticipated Sangi-Gai, produced by Alison Welly and Hali Welly as a creative producer, directed and cinematographed by Nyago Ete under the banner of Space Miracle Studios, presents Arunachal's most awaited cinematic experience, crafted by the visionary creators of the beloved Itanagar 0'KM movie.

We are all excited to experience the thrill as the epic adventure unfolds against the breathtaking landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh. The teaser and trailer, now available, showcase the movie's captivating storyline and feature a stellar cast including Tai Tugung and Metum Timba among other renowned actors. Sangi-Gai, a remote village with mysterious occurrences, becomes the focal point, guarded fiercely by its tribal inhabitants. The plot hints at time travel and unravels the mystery of an indigenous community land in a protected forest, grappling with external intrusions. The cinematic clips seamlessly blend sci-fi and traditional beliefs, creating a visually captivating fusion of reality and fiction against a tribal backdrop. What is more impressive is the diversity of languages and dialects exposed in the movie -from Nyishi to Mandarin to Hindi.

Anticipation is high for the grand premiere on 7th Dec 2023 at DK Convention Hall, Itanagar, followed by a theatrical release on 8th Dec 2023 across various cities.

Watch the trailer:




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