Partha Sarathi Mahanta’s “Lachit the Warrior” Screened at Cannes 2024


The 77th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which began on May 14, provided a global platform for a diverse range of films. Among the highlights this year was the online screening of “Lachit – The Warrior,” written and directed by Partha Sarathi Mahanta.

This film, produced by Mina Mahanta and Indrani Baruah, is an audio-visual portrayal of Lachit Barphukan, a legendary military commander from 17th century Assam. It explores his lineage, diplomatic acumen, naval warfare skills, physical prowess, and unwavering patriotism. “Lachit – The Warrior” was part of an anthology titled “In Search of Sunshine,” which was screened in the Online Screening section.

The story of Lachit Barphukan dates back to 1662 when the marauding Mughals were defeating the Ahoms and capturing large swathes of Assam. The Ahom king, preparing for a counter-offensive, summoned Lachit to lead the army against the Mughals. The film chronicles the series of battles, including the decisive Battle of Saraighat in 1671, where Lachit’s leadership led to the complete defeat of the Mughals, preserving Assam’s territorial integrity.

The Cannes Film Festival’s recognition of “Lachit – The Warrior” underscores the film’s significance and honors the legacy of one of India’s greatest warriors.

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