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Goa's successful movie to reveal the state’s musical beauty
May 28, 2015, 1:55 pm

Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Lets Dance to the Rhythm), the well-known Konkani period film focused on the lives of aspiring musicians, will be screened at the Dr. Kamil Al Rayes Theatre of the Amrican International School in Maidan Hawally on the 29 and 30 May.

Angelo Braganza of Goa Folklore Productions produced the film that was directed by Bardroy Barretto, ad film maker, with Ronnie Monserrate and Jackson Pereira in charge of the musical score. Indians in Kuwait will recognize one of their own; the very famous Carmo Santos from Kuwait, who has a starring role and is one of the co-producers.

The film incorporates a strong cast of talented actors and actresses who easily charm the audience.  The hero Vijay Maurya (who plays Lawrence Vaz) has a good star presence, the lead Joe Fernandes sings and plays the piano while the lead Palomi Gosh (the actor for heroine Donna Pereira) enchants as a Goan.  

The film which was completed in three years, celebrates Goan music through the struggle and triumphs of the legendary musicians of the 1960s and 1970s who unfortunately, didn’t receive the recognition they deserved.

The film premiered in Doha-Qatar at the Royal Plaza Cinema on 28 November 2014 and was subsequently released in Goa at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on 4 December 2014. Since its launch, the film has earned a large volume of support and praise, as well has garnered two awards— the Best Konkani Film and Best Production Design at the 62nd National Film Awards, Delhi. The film netted the Best Production Design award for recreating the 1960s era of past Goa with extensive detail and was conferred the Best Konkani film for its nostalgic tribute to Goa’s unique musical legacy, narrated through the engaging characters of talented artists. The Goa legislative assembly offered their congratulations to the makers of the Konkani film 'Nachom-ia Kumpasar' for winning honours at the national awards.

Goan singer Cielda Pereira is credited with the vocals for most of the songs in the film, and all of the main songs are performed live and recreated to introduce an authentic touch to the musical setting. The lead pair are non-Goans, but the shinning talent ensemble features Goan actors and actresses namely Comedian Natto, Prince Jacob, John D'Silva, Samy Braganza, Comedian Kenny, Selwyn Braganza, Roy Menezes, Abdonio, Meena Leitao, Mathew Araujo, Meenacshi Martins and Roque Lazarus. 

Though created with a smaller budget compared to Bollywood movies, Nachom-ia Kumpasar triumphs on its many strong points like the stellar characters, great sound tracks and a captivating story. There are twenty timeless Konkani songs intertwined in the story, and Director Bardroy ensures their meaningful quality can resonate with the young and old. With many positive reviews, the film has so far met with resounding success as the audience comes to appreciate the rich musical heritage of Goa. 

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