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Always a Good Time to Start Something New: Lima Das discusses the Industry

“I had a dream of working in particular kind of film – an arthouse film,” says Lima Das, about what drew her to Aamis (Ravening), the recently-released Assamese film, which had its world première at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

The actor discusses her breakout performance in the Assamese movie which has opened to rave reviews, and what the future holds for the industry

Directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, the film at the beginning appears to be a story about love or forbidden love affair. But as the story progresses, there lies gluttony beyond lust and innocence .

And at the centre of all are the two protagonists — first-time actors Lima (Nirmali) and Arghadeep Baruah (Sumon). The characters — Nirmali, a doctor, and Sumon, a Ph.D. student researching on various kinds of meat available in Northeast, bond over food and go on sharing a unique relationship even embracing each other’s darker side in the process.

What stands out in the unusual but original story is the unbeatable performance by Lima Das, a dentist by profession and a dancer by passion. Lima, a trained Sattriya (an Assamese dance form) and Odissi dancer, was born in an affluent family of doctor-father and a singer-mother.

At 42, she decided to take a plunge into acting for two reasons — Aamis and Bhaskar Hazarika. The latter’s directorial début, Kathanadi, was “so beautifully done” that something about his style of filmmaking spoke to her. So when there was an opportunity, she approached the independent filmmaker, also a family friend, for an acting gig.

What followed next was a series of workshops and reading sessions with the director and co-actor, to get into the skin of Nirmali.

“At the end of the whole exercise, I was more at ease being another person, the character,” she explains. And the ease in the performance reflects beautifully, especially in a scene when Sumon reveals his secret recipe and Nirmali walks out of the restaurant in anger, disbelief and finally in acceptance of the dynamics of their relationship – rush of emotions expressed like the “nava rasas” in dance.

Set in Guwahati ‘Mahanagari’, Aamis will leave you craving for meat — in both literal and figurative sense, and make you wonder about relationships and human psyche. We for one are glad to hear that age, and an absence of experience did not hold Lima Das back, who has proven her worth a thousand times over now! At MMB, we constantly strive to create stories and share news that influence our positive psyche. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook for more.

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