The film will be released through VKAAO, a joint venture of PVR Pictures & Bookmyshow in metros cities of India and in more than 30 screens in Assam.

After vowing critics and audience internationally, National Award winning filmmaker Rima Das’ Assamese feature, ‘Village Rockstars’ is slated for Pan-India theatrical release on 28th September 2018.

Village Rockstars is the story of Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday. Most of the cast members of the film are non-actors including Rima Das’ niece Bhanita who plays Dhunu and the other kids who hail from Das’ native village in Assam.

A Still from ‘Village Rockstars’

The director-cinematographer-editor-producer Rima Das says, “After travelling to many film festivals across the world and winning hearts, I am so delighted that the exciting journey of Village Rockstars has come to its final stage when we prepare with nervous anticipation and hope to present the film to the audiences in OUR homeland.”

Rima Das, Director

Karan Ahuja, Co-Founder, VKAAO says, “We at VKAAO are really excited about this movie that has been made with immense passion and celebrates the true spirit of independent cinema in the country. VKAAO and its parent companies PVR and Bookmyshow are committed to provide an optimal release platform for such movies and promote more such content-driven movies. We are extremely confident of the content and hope that it reaches as many people as possible. 

Pawan More, Founder of Kamakhya Films says, “It is a great opportunity for us to be the distributor of the National and International award winner film Village Rockstars”

The film which had it’s World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and India Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival 2018 has screened in more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals and won 44 awards including 4 National Awards (Best Feature, Best Editing, Audiography and Child Artist)

It was an official selection at Film Bazaar Recommends (at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016)2017 Marche du Film (Cannes) Work-In-ProgressSan Sebastian International Film Festival 2017 

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. Bulbul Can Sing made its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and will make its South Asia Premiere at the prestigious 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018

The film gained world-wide attention

Long Synopsis

Dhunu a 10 years old girl lives in a remote village in Assam, India amidst raging deprivation. She is a free spirit and her mother, a widower, who struggles daily to bring food to the table and raise her children. However, that does not prevent her from having unrealistic dreams like owning a guitar for her tiny band of village Rockstars boys. Dhunu is a girl who considers herself as capable as boys her age. She and the gangs of boys want to form a rock band. But later the boys slowly stop perusing their dream, whereas Dhunu continues dreaming to own a guitar. Her faith becomes strong when she reads about the law of attraction in a newspaper article. Her unconventional and nonconformist mother raises her with steadfast determination, giving her full freedom of expression and encouraging her to fulfill her dreams. After her father’s death, her mother taking all the responsibilities realizes that it is important that a girl should be qualified herself.

BTS picture during shoot
A behind-the-scenes shot taken during the shooting of the film

But beyond the poverty of her living, attacks nature’s fury as her village is flooded and worse than that: the societal restrictions that assail her from the day she reaches puberty. Can Dhunu achieve her simple dream or will she, like hundreds of millions of girls in her situation across the world, have to give up on it!