Rima Das’ “Village Rockstar” won the the Best Feature Film Award of the year 2017,during 65th national film Awards. Rima came to receive the National Award along with the star cast and the other team from the hands of hon’ble President of India, at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi on 3rd May 2017. Rima’s’ last independent feature, the internationally acclaimed, Village Rockstars premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 under Discovery Section.

After winning hearts with the internationally acclaimed and National Award Winner film, Village Rockstars, the writer-director-producer, Rima Das returns to the prestigious, Toronto International Film Festival with her next Assamese film, BULBUL CAN SING.

Das’ third independent feature in Assamese language is going to make its World Premiere in “Contemporary World Cinema” at 43rd edition of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held from 6-16 September 2018.

The writer-director-producer made the film independently, in the same way as her earlier film, Village Rockstars. Sharing her joy, Rima says, “It’s a huge honour to return to TIFF after Village Rockstars and start the journey of my next feature, Bulbul Can Sing, which will have its world premiere in the competition category – Contemporary World Cinema. It’s like the homecoming for me.”  

Bulbul Can Sing is a visceral coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl, Bulbul, living in a village in Assam, fighting her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is.

Rima Das’ debut film as a writer-director-producer, Man with Binoculars (Antardrishti) premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016. Village Rockstars, her second feature, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 under Discovery Section. This film has screened at more than 70 renowned film festivals and has won 44 awards including 4 National Awards Best Feature, Best Editing, Best Audiography and  Best Child Artist.

I had the opportunity to meet Rima after the inaugural screening of her film Village Rockstar at Sirifort Auditorium II on 4th May 2017 the day after she received the National awards at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi. Her star cast and other members of the team were also present. The film was highly applauded after the screening. She told me that she has never been to any Film/television school for learning the art of filmmaking. It was her passion for making films and strong determination, which gave her international recognition in her second feature film. She was excited while talking to me. I congratulate Rima on her great achievement and wish her best of luck for her third film Bulbul can Sing.

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