When director Bhaskar Hazarika burst into the Assamese film industry in 2015 with his debut feature Kothanodi in 2015, and went on to win a National Award the following year, the audience held its breath. In him they saw the signs of a revivalist of the Assamese film culture. It was no surprise that his film Aamis made waves at the recently held 19th edition of Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).
While many have wondered whether the film was autobiographical in nature, the director thinks otherwise. “It definitely isn’t. It is just an opportunity for me to create the kind of content that I have been thinking about and discussing with friends for a long time. It is a modern take on conventional ideas of romance,” he said. The film explores the relationship between an older woman, Nirmali (played by Lima Das) and a young PhD student, Sumon (played by Arghadeep Barua), borne out of their shared love for meat-based delicacies. It takes a manic twist when the lovers, in their quest for morality, end up defying more than one societal norm.