Guwahati: Shiva Rani Kalita, a 22-year-old woman, has brought laurels to Assam by winning the Best Actress award at the Ottawa 4th Indian Movie Festival awards held practically in Canada from June 22-26.
Hailing from Baligaon village in Dhakuakhana, the young girl has been awarded for her role in the much-debated Assamese film ‘Bridge’, directed by Kripal Kalita.
The movie was once screened at 28 international movie festivals, including the Indian panorama category for 51st International Movie Festival.
The movie throws light on the relationship between the mighty Brahmaputra and the hardships that flood bring to villages once a year. But despite losing their loved ones, the dwellers on the banks are fond of the river as they imagine it gives them immense satisfaction and undefined blissfulness.
Kalita plays the role of a struggling woman named ‘Jonaki’ in rural Assam residing on the bank of Brahmaputra tributary, who can plough, rear cattle, build a house. Jonaki takes all of the responsibility of her younger brother after her parents perished in flood-waters.
The 89-minute was once made in two years, from 2018-2020, provided the floods and logistical problems. Natural scenes of people ballting the floodwaters have also been included in the movie.
In January this year, the movie also won a special jury mention award at the 51st International Movie Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa.