• Divya Sharma

How I made it: Bohubritta (2018)

Updated: May 19

The film based on a poem by Swapna Dutta Deka, deals with the multi-layered inner states of a woman. In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema, Indian Film Institute brings you the experience of Director and Producer of the film - Utpal Datta.

10 minutes | Assamese | Poetry, Experimental | 2018 | India

The film showcases how a woman is educated, well-read and contemplated yet she dreams about the various states of the mind of a woman. She thinks that a woman is always a loner, she might have her husband, but he does not feel about the inner world of his wife. He leads his life as if he is playing chess. The woman imagines how she could dance in her best of moments, she can worship the earth and water, she can dream of the setting sun over the mighty river.

Why this subject matter for your film.

For me, the selection and finalization of the subject depend upon several factors. I was thinking of doing some experiment in the narrative form and for that experiment I had selected a poem and was working on that.

I was also thinking of making a short film on the subject of womanhood. During that period, my old friend, Swapna Dutta Deka came to me with a proposal to make a film based on her poem. She gave me the manuscript of her poetry book and I started reading it with a perspective of its visual appeal and possibilities of transforming the written words into strong visual images.

Most of her poems revolve around womanhood. First, I selected three poems which provoked me to think in terms of moving images and after several discussion with her, we settled for the poem Moi (I) and in the film we changed the title to BOHUBRITTA- CIRCLES.

Fact Check: The filmmaker has been a film critic for more than three decades.

Where did you find this story for this film?

This question is interesting. The poem, Moi, is an abstract poem and we had to shape it as a story to create a flow - who is the woman, what is her background, what is her education, where does she live, how old she is etc. The compilation of all the replies to these questions gave birth to that woman.

You will find in the film, in the very opening scene, the lady was all dressed, she was a bit of restless- the question arises - why so? - Is she ready to go out with her husband or someone or is he yet to arrive? Those were the subtexts that made the story.

What were the challenges you faced in making the film?

Yes, I always like to travel by the less travelled roads. So I always enjoy creative challenges. Our major concern was to whether we will be able to tell the subtexts with the images and colours, whether we will be able to capture the images as we saw during the time of writing.

Those were the many questions raised during the pre-production