Aei Maatite, an upcoming Assamese movie scripted and directed by renowned theater persona and retired Principal of Cotton College (Now, Cotton University) Dr. Sitanath Lahkar. It is an adaptation of his famed theater play Tamasaa . The movie is made under the banner of Angeekar Films Production house.
“Aei Maatite” is a movie whose theme is the wicked carry out of witch hunting process and endorse the logical spirit and the worth of human being. The movie is genuinely trying to generate consciousness about the issue of witch-hunting and a battle against superstition. The movie is based on true events.
It is a burning problem of many states in India including Assam.
Its 21st century, but unfortunately the practice of witch-hunting & killing in the name of superstition or fallacy still continuing in Assam. The process of witch hunting starts by branding a victim as witch (mostly females) by a witch doctor, better known as ‘ojha’ or ‘bez’. The person who is branded or acknowledged as a witch is subjected to plentiful types of torments such as, harsh physical or psychological suffering, thrashing, be on fire, walking unclothed throughout the village, and at times even raped. In a number of cases the victim gets an ugly hair cut. As per some information, approximately 1,000 women were killed across India in the past decade in the name of “witch hunting” by a outsize cluster of people, more often than not are uneducated villagers under the influence of fallacy.
Report says, although Jharkhand is top in the number of witchcraft deaths, but there are another 11 other states including Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra where witch-hunting cases are reported in some interior places.
The matter has compelled the state administration to formulate an exceptional statutory law “The Assam Witch-Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act, 2015” to deal with the threat, but unluckily, it is still mounting day by day.
It is a very bold step from Dr. Sitanath Lahkar’s side to make movie on this burning issue.
The music of the movie released on 30th June 2017.
Aei Matite has received U/A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board).
The movie is scheduled to hit the theater on 6th October 2017.
Cast: Dr. Sitanath Lahkar, Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Meena Ingti, John Narzary, Monisha Goswami, Sasanka Samir, Rupam Chetia.
Producer: Dr. Sitanath Lahkar, Namita Lahkar, Ajanta Saikia Kachari, Kumud Kachari
Music: Bibhuranjan Chodhury.
Playback Singers: Tarali Sarma, Smita Lahkar, Namita Daloi Lahkar, Nishanta Bora, Jina Rajkumari, Binayak Choudhury.
Trailer & Photo Courtesy: Angeekar Films