After many anxious years Heramoni mother of Mukti who had left home to join and an extremist outfit is handed a mutilated bullet ridden body purportedly that of her son. The formal last rites are performed. Heramoni however soon receives intimation that his death cannot be confirmed and knows not how to respond while Biplob, who had left the outfit and is alone, unable to be part of the mainstream surrendered rebels, has his own problems of existence. Despite these adversities, they continue with their existence in the hope that their dreams will be fulfilled some day.
The film delves into a section of the Assamese society in North-east India threatened by influx of illegal immigrants from across the border. A democratic movement yielding no results, an extremist group emerged. Thirty odd years later the social impact is apparent. Today, in the days of global emergence of rebellion and extremism against illegal influx, the Assamese tale tells many tales.
The film Haanduk has been filmed in actual locales, amongst peoples who have witnessed this uprising.
It is perhaps for the first time that the Moran community of the Assamese society, hitherto unknown to the world, has been explored in the context of this uprising.
The vast Indian existence is some sort of a miniature globe. Nestled in the north eastern corner of this globe is area whose Mongoloid populace share rites, customs and physical features of South East Asia.
Mumbai Film Festival 2016
Award: The Jury Grand Prize for India Gold