Ali, a daily wage earner living in the vicinity of a sprawling city, has to cope with uncertainty, hardship and abuses. He is at the mercy of a forest guard for not being evicted from his family’s new-found habitat in a green hilly area overlooking the city. He finds solace in his hardworking, young wife and their two children. Ali is used to create stories to answer queries by his children about the night sky and about his past. His stories hide his inability to understand nature – for deep down his senses there is the real story of sorrow, as his riverside village is now extinct due to heavy flood and erosion. But he is little aware that most cruel troubles are brewing and about to threaten their meek existence. It remains an impossible task to enroll his daughter Alifa and son Faisal in primary school despite his wife Fatima working as a construction labour. As fate would have it, Fatima developed an affair with a co-worker that caused grave injury to Ali’s faith and longing for her. Meanwhile in a dramatic turn of events Ali and his neighbours in the hills are forced to spend sleepless nights for fear of a prowling leopard that came out of the woods. What follows is the hardest fate befalling Ali’s family. Alifa is a saga of human-wildlife conflict competing with basic questions of love, hatred, dreams and desires as well as the frailties of human nature and wider social bonding.
Overlooking the sprawling city of Guwahati, a hilly forest area provides living space for daily wage earners like Ali, his wife Fatima and many others of the same community. They are forced migrants severely affected by flood, erosion and poverty in the countryside. Ali’s daughter Alifa’s dream of going to school remains far from realized as both her parents’ meager earning and uncertain livelihood are incapable of meeting the expense. Little she realizes that her father has to negotiate with a corrupt forest guard to continue living in the encroached land. But she is intelligent enough to understand that what her father tells her little brother Faisal about the stars and the sky is sheer imagination and these stories only vindicate her urge to go to school for learning. Soon after, the story hearing and night sky watching sessions with their father meet an abrupt end as Ali becomes too angry with Fatima after getting clues of her developing an affair with a co-worker. Disbelief, suspicion, guilt and loss of compassion have suddenly thrown out the small family into turmoil and chaos. Meanwhile, a prowling leopard that appeared from the shrinking natural surrounding rings an alarm bell, forcing the neighbourhood to stand guard at night. A bitter human-wildlife conflict ensues, although for Ali it is not as agonizing as faltering moralities. In addition to regular insults and abuses at working places of the city streets, Ali is now distressed to the core. His friend Saifuddin tries his best to give solace to the wayward soul. In the evolving situations innocent ones are caught off-guard and sometimes the events unfold tragic sides of their existence. Alifa is a bold study of desire and moral boundaries, its intricate man-woman relationship, urban-rural divide, inherent environmental and communal settings sometimes unsettling to watch. With a formulating cinematographic lay-out, this debut feature from both the producer and the director provides the narrative twists which subvert the spectator’s expectations. It is also an unpretentious tribute to those who live on the fringes of society.
Deep, a man of many interests was confused regarding his career during his early years. After completion of his graduation in English literature, he continued doing many ode jobs until he realized that film making is one such passion,where he can exercise all his interests. He devoted his valuable two years watching world movies, learning basics of film making through film journals,books on filmmaking, youtube tutorials etc. He is largely influenced by film makers Roman Polanaski, Martin Scorsese, Satyajit Ray and Andrei Tarkovsky.
In the year 2009, he directed his first shorts I am a poet with his friend co-director Shashanka das. The film was awarded as best film in the Adda Shorts film Festival held in the same year in Guwahati.After that he continued with a TV series for a local entertainment channel.Written and Co-directed a episodic TV serial Jeevan Kallol under commissioned proggrame for DDK Dibrugarh. His last short film was a 33 minutes Hindi/Marathi language, Fishing Surmai, written and directed under his production Pohr eh Vita pictures. The film was screened in Silk Route film Festival, Dublin Ireland. He received Best Director Jury Award in Mumbai Shorts International Festival in the year 2014 for Fishing Surmai.
A ardent lover of nature Deep often goes for hiking trips and spends time amidst nature. During one such hike back in 2000, the idea of Alifa came into his mind. He has been conceiving the idea since than and in the year 2012, he wrote down the story of Alifa.