Odia independent film Khyanikaa – The Lost Idea gets officially selected at Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2017 at Mississauga, Ontario in Canada.
The film will be screened on 5th August. This will be the second international festival screening of the film. One can find about the festival and the schedule here – http://www.misaff.com/
Prior to this, the film had an excellent response at its world premiere at Hidden Gems Film Festival in Calgary (Canada) where the festival director herself had expressed very high praises about the film. Also, in a letter from Louis B. Hobson, who has been a film-critic for over forty years, Louis had described it as “a film that practically assaults the senses.There are scenes of jaw-dropping beauty which could be compared to lines or images in a poem.”
About the Film
The film is a fantasy driven tale of two men, a poet and a painter, claiming possession over the same Idea, in a rural village portrayed as a wonderland. Idea is personified as a beautiful young lady, free of all bondage.The two men try to justify their claim over their Idea through their forms of art.
Unable to settle the conflict, the two men approach ‘Fate’,personified as a big fat man of authority, to judge their claims. They soon realize that Idea is no one’s possession and it isn’t wise to rely on ‘Fate’ for a judgement. They decide to bury their ‘Fate’, and settle the matter in peace. Idea, portrayed as a free spirit, gets impressed by a kid who resides in an alternate world of fantasy, and decides to venture into the new creative world.The real world, with all its materialistic obsessions, rigid notions and prejudices, loses the Idea forever.
The film produced by Swastik Choudhury under the independent banner of Swastik Arthouse and directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya features Amrita Chowdhury as Idea, Susant Misra and Swastik Choudhury as the aspiring painters and poets. Choudhury Bikash Das plays a mad man, while Hrushikesh Bhoi (Kansha in Dhanuyatra) plays ‘Fate’. Anu Choudhury appears as a guest performer. The film also involves some native villagers in its cast, who were trained to act on the location itself.
The film is shot with a DSLR camera and without any industry resources or equipment. It has been shot in some of the exotic locations, in and around of Bhubaneswar and Puri.