“Jatinga”; a film based on ULFA gets entry into international film festival

November 14th, 2007 - 2:43 am ICT by admin  
The maker of the film, an engineering lecturer Sanjib Sabhapandit, has carved a niche for himself by making films on social issues.

According to Sanjib, militancy has become an easy and profitable business instead of epitomizing the revolutionary spirit it was meant to embody.

“Jatinga” unmasks the reality behind militancy in the state, a situation people live in and realise, but do not speak of, said Sanjib.

“This is high time that things are put into correct perspective. So, Jatinga was conceived in that backdrop,” he said.

Talking about the significance of the title of film, Sanjib says that Jatinga is a small place in Assam where birds are said to commit suicide. While this is not the case - birds do not actually commit suicide, they are lured to death. At night, people hold bamboo torches to attract these birds and when they fly close, they are clubbed to death. However the general folklore says that the birds come here to commit suicide.

Drawing a similarity between the birds of Jatinga and the youth who are lured to militancy with false promises, he gave the film its name.

“In the guise of a revolution the boys are lured into a death trap kind of situation,” explained Sanjib.

He says it is now up to the State and Central Government to find a solution for the persisting menace.

“I thought that this is an issue which should be captured for posterity in the real perspective. I was not concerned more than that,” added Sanjib.

Sanjib’s first film “Juye Poora Hoon” (The Gold That Has Been Burnt) that was based on environmental preservation received the best Indian National Film in 2004. (ANI)

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