GUWAHATI, May 20 – The first world record setting Assamese one-take silent feature film was screened at the Pandit Tirthanath Sarma Bhawan, Chandmari, here yesterday.
The India Book of Records has formally certified the film, That Night - In Quest of His Beloved, to be the longest one-take silent feature film in the world.
The 93-minute film is longer than the previous record holding Uruguayan movie The Silent House by Gustavo Hernandez, which has a duration of 79 minutes.
The film narrates the experience of a person, who, after the mysterious disappearance of his beloved, sets about investigating the incident. The theme is woven around a murder mystery, with a haunted bungalow and roaming spirits accentuating the weird effect.
Speaking about the film after the screening, director Ashok Sarma said, “A lot of effort went into the making of the film. I feel happy now, as it has been acknowledged as a world record.”
The sole artiste of the film, Pradip Nishith, too, was upbeat about the film. “It was very interesting working in the film. I am lucky to have been a part of this world record setting film.”
Lauding Sarma’s efforts, filmmaker Dara Ahmed termed it as a great work, and said the State ought to be proud of the feat.
“No director from Assam or even India also has been able to set such a record. It is great that his efforts have been formally recognized,” he added.
Those who attended the screening felt that Ashok Sarma had filled a void in the Assamese film industry with his exemplary endeavour. During the last 77 years of the State’s film history, many directors had won different awards but none has been able to set a world record.
Another director, Sambhu Gupta said that it was a difficult accomplishment, as many minute details had to be taken into account while shooting the film at one go.
“I am stunned how Ashok managed his team so systematically. Pradip Nishith’s acting is also really appreciable.”
Bollywood actors Sachin and Rajpal Yadav had also appreciated the film earlier when they had seen the film at the Asian Film Festival.
On his future plans, Sarma said that he would work on another film that would be made without using camera.