• Divya Sharma

How I made it: Uribo (2020)

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Set in the countryside of north-east India, the film explores how the struggles of these women are shared and their stories intertwined. Pokchi has lost her father to alcohol poisoning, and the dire circumstances leads Pokchi and her mother Dheblu to leave their village for the mountains of Uribo. Meanwhile, 9-year-old earthquake survivor Putum and her sister are on a quest to find her parents who might have escaped the catastrophe.

Indian Film Institute Uribo Feature Film
A still shot from the making

65mins | English,Hindi,Nepali,Nagamese| Drama | 2018 | India | U/A & PG-13

In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema,Indian Film Institute brings you the experience of Director and Producer of the film - Junaid Khalifa

Why did this subject matter to your film?

We, in reality, are always looking for a way to escape into a world full of fantasy and adventure. The world where something is happening every other second. A quick world of emotions and tragedy.

We always have this urge to taste a slice of someone else’s life. That’s why we love stories. We love movies. Sadly, there can’t be enough movies to cover all parts of our culture and live, relationships and it’s struggles.

I just wanted to explore and dive into a part of the life and daily struggles of single parents. The working mothers, the kids growing with single parents or no parents, a mother, a sister, a daughter oriented perception of life. Which is not much in demand of a subject at the moment for the masses.

So filmmakers, when turning towards a more demanded storyline, I felt this as my responsibility to showcase a story from far north-east of a mother and a daughter’s survival after the demise of the man of the family. Within the story of two sisters searching for their parents at Indo-Nepal borders.

Fact Check: All the actors in the film are locals and have no experience of acting except one actress.

Where did you find this story for this film?

I never chased after this storyline, it chose to come to me after when I reached Siliguri. I met with different people in the town.

The working mothers of the local tea estates, in order to gather the content info from a documentary film which was earlier decided to be made instead of this film.

What were the challenges you faced in the making this film?