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‘Noise of Silence’, first movie on Assam NRC, to stream on OTT platforms

AGARTALA: ‘Noise of Silence’, the first Bollywood film on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was entirely produced in Tripura, is now going to be streamed on OTT platforms.

The story of love and loss is the first of its kind in the country. People are yet to experience the agony and betrayal in a journey of a young woman’s life who is out to search for her mother.

‘Noise Of Silence’ is the story of two seemingly separate narratives touching one another from time to time through various incidents.

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Out of these two narratives, one explores the journey of a girl who belongs to the Rohingya Muslim community of Rakhine State in Myanmar and comes to India to find her mother who got separated from her in Rohingya anarchy.

The other narrative showcases the strife and conflicts faced by a man who struggles to get his and his wife’s name in the NRC.

The film is directed by Saif Baidya and Abhijeet Chauhan as the Associate Director. It is produced by Vinay Rai, The SEE Production, Mumbai, Co-produced by Satadeep Saha, SSR CINEMAS Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata. Joysankar Bhattacharjee, Co-Founder, TOTELL, and Sahil Arya of Jar Pictures, Mumbai are the Associate Producers of Noise of Silence.

The Executive Producer is Rahul Rawat from Mumbai. Costumes are designed by Subodh Srivastava, an experienced designer from Bollywood, Sharda Cheulkar, a senior make up artist from the Bollywood Industry worked as a makeup artist for this feature and the production design is done by Udai Prakash Singh. Sashank Chopra is the Director of Photography and casting was done by Rudra Aishwal.

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Firdaus Hassan from Mumbai who is known for his appearances in Sanju, Veer-Zaara, Lakshyaand Mukkabaaz, Puja Jha from Mumbai who had acted in A Bitter Pill, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3, Ek Battey Do, and Jamtara: Sabka Number Ayega(TV Series), Hrishie Raj, an well known actor from Tripura, who acted in several Kokborok and bengali movies are some of the lead actors of the film.

Saif Baidya, the Director of the film, said: “I am lucky enough to get my first Hindi feature film to be shot in the land of joy, Tripura. The culture, the community, the food, the weather, the vibes were so perfect for me to shoot my biggest budget film so far. The associate producer of my film, Mr. Joysankar Bhattacharjee, a senior friend from my college suggested that I opt for this city when I was first scripting it in 2018 and didn’t know what should be the exact geography of my story. He told me about Chabimura, showed it’s amazing pictures and videos and briefed how it’s connected to Bangladesh after a certain border Loop. Later, Mr. Satadeep Saha who came onboard as a co-producer, appreciated the story and supported the team wholeheartedly. The cops and local police force helped us a lot whenever we needed any location or area to shoot. Me and my Cinematographer Shashank Chopra were very keen on choosing the location for its picturesque value and beauty within it’s frames. Shashank is very choosy with weather, natural light sources and location and as a result he was hesitant to shoot in Tripura when we discussed it in Mumbai. He was worried because in January &February the sun sets around 6pm and rises way too early around 5 am. However, the moment, me and my DOP Shashank Chopra put our steps on Tripura, had the first tea outside the airport and saw some greenery on our way to Agartala from the airport, then &there we decided that this was the best decision to shoot here. We took a huge cinema Camera with huge lenses and Tripods all around Tripura and sat on a rickshaw, went near the palace, and the crazy thing was that we were never stopped or mobbed by locals or asked questions. People were so much chilled out that they never thought of bothering us. The producer of my Film Mr. Vinay G. Rai was shocked to see how much easier it is to shoot in Tripura unlike Mumbai. It’s less chaotic, more friendly crowd and my Producer saved a lot in food as the food was so cheap and delicious. I can’t be thankful enough from the whole of my team for all the courteous and lovely gestures I received from Tripura and it’s people throughout my whole film shooting experience”.

Satadeep Saha, co-producer of the movie, said, “I take immense pleasure to be a part of this heartfelt movie. Working with this cast and crew was amazing. It was a beautiful amalgamation of bollywood actors and actors from Tripura. It’s the first time that we have explored our beautiful state and completed the entire shooting here. It was great working with our director Saif Baidya. He was one who approached and helped me experience this journey. My sincere request to our audiences to watch the movie and make it a great success”.

Joysankar Bhattacharjee, Associate Producer has opined that his film will be a gateway to the Bollywood industry for the actors and technicians from Tripura. “It will be an inspiration for the entire North East region. We look forward to more such projects in future in the North-East making a great opportunity for our regional artists. We hope NOISE OF SILENCE will create some NOISE in the region as well as all over the country,” he said.

Shashank Chopra, DOP (Director of Photography) said, “The visuals of Tripura are so beautifully picturesque that wherever I wanted to put the camera and make a frame, it gave me an amazing shot by itself.”

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