India. 2019. 108 min
Nirmali, a married Paediatrician in her late 30s, leads a peaceful but joyless domestic existence in Guwahati, Assam. Her husband, a senior Doctor, spends most of his time doing relief work in surrounding areas, leaving her alone at home to take care of their son. One day, she meets Sumon, a young PhD student researching food habits in northeastern India, who warms up to her in a manner she seems unaccustomed to. Sumon’s work exposes him to the belief that there’s no kind of food that can be considered abnormal, and Nirmali is drawn to this idea. The two quickly discover that they have a shared love for food – specifically, meat. Together, they bond over meals comprising unusual meats on platonic dates, although Sumon longs for some sort of physical contact. As Nirmali’s tastebuds grow more adventurous, their relationship takes a dark and bizarre turn.
The film stars debutantes Lima Das and Arghadeep Baruah in the lead, supported by Neetali Das, Sagar Saurabh, and Manash K Das.
Aamis received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was nominated in five categories in the festival’s “International Narrative” section.
Bhaskar Hazarika is from Assam, India and has over 18 years of experience working in the film, television, and internet industries. He holds an MA in Film & Drama from the University of Reading and a BA (Hons) in History from Delhi University. He is also the founder of Metanormal, an independent film studio developing fresh content from the North East of India, as well as turnkey audiovisual assignments for clients in the government and development sectors. Bhaskar is presently writing series’ for Indian OTT platforms and working with a major Bollywood producer on the development of his first Hindi language feature film.
Bhaskar’s debut film Kothanodi (2015) received the Asian Cinema Fund’s Post Production Grant and had its World Premiere at Busan international Film Festival. Kothanodi has received the National Film Award for Best Asamese film in 2016. Aamis, his second feature, had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 in the International Narrative Competition Section. It also won the Best Director and Best Actress awards at the 2019 Singapore South Asian International Film Festival.
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