The Khasi movie industry is heralding a new era; an era which is a distinct departure from the industry’s hackneyed rom-coms and lover stories, and leading this shift is 14/8 – a crime thriller that will hit Bijou Cinema on June 10.
“It is a crime story. It is not pure fiction as the storyline is inspired by true events. It’s not only about one crime, but has many elements involved. We took bits and pieces of crime stories found in media reports and across social media platforms and compiled them together into a story for the feature film,” said Kenny Lyngdoh, producer and director of the movie, adding that it will be screened at 11:30 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm.
Lyngdoh also clarified that the movie has nothing to do with Hima Khatsawphra, even though the number “14/8” signifies the erstwhile kingdom.
Elaborating on shoot locations, the director informed that the location recce was done in and around Mairang, Khatsawphra shnong and the makers finally settled for the title Khatsawphra.
The process of making the movie, however, wasn’t an easy one as the team faced budget constraints. “But we went ahead with the shoot on August 14, 2018 but it was interrupted by the pandemic and it took us close to five years to complete 14/8.”
Lauding the cast, Lyngdoh said that though some of his actors are fresher, there was no dearth of dedication in them.
Actor, known for Lorni – The Flaneur and other short films, Elizer Bareh said that he is playing a character who is trying to stand on his feet in the face of adversities. Refraining from divulging any more details, Bareh said, “To know more about it, one has to watch the movie.”
Bareh also stressed on the need of government’s support for the local film industry to be at par with other film industries across other states.
Echoing with Bareh, president of Meghalaya Film Makers Association, Commander Shangpliang said that the government should notify a department that can look after the film industry – be it the Information and Publicity Relations (IPR) department or the Arts and Culture department – and accordingly formulate a film policy.
He added that the allocation of Rs 5 crore by the state government should be utilised for the benefit of the local film industry.
Notably, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma during the Budget session in March, 2022, had allocated Rs 5 crore for the promotion of local films and film-related activities in the state.