Finally, the much awaited film Mission China was released. The first big budget Assamese film – produced by Garima Garg and directed by Zubeen Garg, Mission China came to the cinemas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bangalore, Delhi and Pune on 8 September, 2017.
Casting Zubeen Garg, Deeplina Deka, Sattyakee D’com Bhuyan, Siddhartha Goswami, Yankee Parashar, Pabitra Rabha, Parthasarathi Mahanta,Tridib Lahon, Nabadweep Borgohain to name a few, the film represents a ‘mission’ – that is to rescue the daughter of a minister who was kidnapped by Lama – an extremist. The same extremist also kidnapped Chaya – the love of Colonel Goswami. Colonel Goswami, played by Zubeen Garg, has been appointed for this mission who returns home after suffering three years of imprisonment. The film has a secondary plot too representing the love story of Siddhartha and Ragini. Weaving around love, romance, terrorism and revenge, Mission China is an action thriller scripted by Zubeen Garg.
Well, apart from the fictional mission represented by the film, Zubeen Garg’s Mission China has a real mission too – that is to help the Assamese Film Industry grow by promoting Assamese films and encouraging people to watch them. Mission China had already taken the state by storm before its release itself. Be it electronic media or social media – there is uninterrupted coverage of Mission China and its promotions everywhere. Zubeen Garg seems to be seriously into this ‘Mission’, and that his mission is approaching success is signaled by the profit earned by Mission China on the very first day; when all tickets of Mission China were sold out for three consecutive days in almost all cinemas in Assam and outside, immediately after its release.
The wave that Mission China has created in Assam is somewhat similar to the wave created by the movies of Rajinikanth in South India. For the time in the history of Assam, an actor/filmmaker has been worshipped by the common mass; Zubeen turns to a living GOD to his fans. The whole state seems to celebrate a carnival called ‘Mission China’.
Whoever has watched Mission China will definitely agree that it is a technically sound film with integration of cutting-edge cinematography. The film had been shot in various beautiful locations in Assam and the Northeast. The natural scenes shown in the film are undeniably a visual treat for the eye. Costume design is also apt, except in select scenes where the combination colors seems a bit peculiar. The music of Mission China is a big hit film with Zubeen Garg’s ethereal voice. However, the songs could have been better placed in select situations with a little editorial intervention. For example, the first song of the movie came quite abruptly.
So far acting is concerned, almost all characters did justice to their roles. The acting of Pabitra Rabha also deserves special mention here. The Sid and Ragini episode is an apt addition to the film wherein the film could connect to the audience. Both Siddhartha Goswami and Yankee Parashar as Sid and Ragini respectively, did justice to their roles with powerful performance and effective dialogue delivery. Otherwise, dialogue delivery seemed hurried and half-hearted in a couple of instances in the film. When it comes to the lead role, Zubeen Garg was of course the centre of attraction throughout the entire film as Colonel Goswami. However, he could have chosen a different match for the role of Colonel to make it more effective.
On the flip side, the story line of Mission China could not live up to the expectation of many. For a movie to be really successful and be more than a one-time watcher, it should have a bold and impactful story. A film is an organic whole and it consists of various parts/ stages like story, dialogues, camera, casting, shooting, music and sound recording, reproduction, editing, and finally screening. All these parts play a major role in shaping the finished product – that is the film. The team Mission China took good care of these various parts, except for its story which appeared flat. The film was entertaining, but entertainment is not the only thing that many audience look for in a movie. Whereas some of the Zubeen Garg acted films like Mon Jai, Dinabandhu and Gaane Ki Aane have very impactful narratives, and there is still a repeated urge in people to watch these films.
All said, Mission China has created a new chapter in the history of Assamese Cinema. Mission China broke all barriers of publicity and journeyed to the nook and corners of Assam which is indeed a laudable move taken by Zubeen and his team. The film is expected to be a game changer for the Assamese film industry, and it has already started doing so by drawing countless number of people to the theatres in Assam and outside the state. Given its excellent cinematography, the purpose – that is to support Assamese Cinema, Mission China is must watch for all. And more so, it is a “Zubeen Garg Movie”.