Assamese movies till 2007

Prastuti Parashar in 'Ei Morom Tomar Babe'

Barsharani Bishaya in 'I love you'

Raaj Sarma & Jayashree Goswami in Munna Ahmed's 'Zakham'

Aaimy Barua and Nilay Gupta in 'Prem Aru Prem'.

Mridula, Arun, Jatin Bora etc. in 'Kanyadan'

Jatin Bora and Bibash Chakravarty in Priya O Priya

Ananya Pasani & Amit Saraf in Arpan

Prastuti, Shekhar Gautam, Labhita Bora and others in Ei Morom Tomar Babe 

Brojen Bora & Babita Sarma in Garam Batah.

Hadi Alam Bora & Mridula Barua in Goon Goon Gaaney Gaaney

Gitawali Rajkumari in Hitlist

Runu Devi & Jayanta Bhagavati in Koina Mor Dhunia

Jatin Bora & Nipon Goswami in Koina Mor Dhunia

Geetawali Rajkumari in Tyag

Prastuti Parashar & Raj Sharma in Zakham.

Bishnu Khargharia, well known character actorin 'Konikar Ramdhenu' of international fame, Jahnu Barua

Snap shots of Munin Barua's "Nayak" 

'Tyag' - Kero Young's bilingual film



Popular Singer Zubin Garg in Prem Aru Prem.

Jatin Bora and Rajib Goswami in 'Nayak' awaiting release

Iman Morom Kiyo Lage - a scene

Luna Lahkar & Rabi Sharma in Iman Morom Kiyo Lage.

Rabi Sarma, Parinita & Jatin Bora in Nayak

Raj Sarma & Prastuti Parashar in Zakham.






The early Assamese films centered around legendary genius, Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala . It was his vision, dreams and ability that ushered in the first Assamese movie on March 10, 1935.Joymoti is the first Assamese film released under the banner of Chitralekha  Movietone with the assistance of versatile Jyotiprasad who was a poet, playwright, music composer and freedom fighter. Incidentally, Assamese film history does not have any silent movie. It began straight way with a Talkie.

Joymoti is the cinema in the Assamese language watched primarily in Assam, India. The industry was born in 1935. Since then Assamese cinema has developed a slow-paced sensitive style, especially with the movies of Bhabendra Nath Saikia and Jahnu Barua.

However despite its long history, and its artistic successes, for a state that has always taken its cinema seriously, Assamese cinema has never really managed to make the breakthrough on the national scene despite its film industry making a mark in the National Awards over the years.

 The first Assamese picture, Joymati (1935)

Remaining strong in the face of adversity, Agarwala made another film after a lapse of two years titled Indramalati. It was his second and last film. The eminent composer and singer of Assam Bhupen Hazarika, played a stellar role in the play. After  passing away of Jyotiprasad, Rohini Kr. Baruah made a film on a relevant historical topic called Manomati in 1941. It was followed by films like Parvati Prasad Baruwa's Rupahi (1946), Kamal Narayan Choudhury's Badan Barphukan (1947), Phani Sharma's Siraj, Asit Sen's Biplabi, Prabin Phukan's Parghat and Suresh Goswami's Runumi etc.

The most remarkable film of the fifties was Piyali Phukan which went on to win a National award.The movie was produced by eminent film producer Gama Prasad Agarwalla under the aegis of Rup Jyoti Productions. The film was directed by Phani Sharma and music was composed by a young Bhupen Hazarika.. His subsequent films Mak Aaru Moram and Ranga Police bagged many state awards and the silver medal at the national level. Bhupen Hazarika also produced and directed his first film Era Bator Sur. Prabhat Mukherjee made a film on the universality of mother-hood, Puberun (1959),which was shown in The Berlin Film Festival

In between 1935 and 1970, as many as 62 films were released. Going by the numbers of Hindi, South Indian and Bengali movies, the quantity was not impressive, but we should remember that inadequate technicians and film studios came in the way of producing more Assamese movies.

The first color film in Assamese was made in 1972. The film was titled Bhaity, directed by Kamal Choudhary. Potential and popular directors of the present day Assamese film include Jahnu Barua. Jahnu is known for his films Aparoopa, Papori, Haladhia Choraye Baodhan Khai, Banani, Fringoti, Xagoroloi Bohu Dur. Jahnu Barua has won many awards and prizes for his films. He is a household name in Assam.

Sanjeev Hazarika is another prominent director. He has a number of films to his credit. Those include Haladhar and Meemansa. Bhabendranath Saikia is another promising director having to his name major films titled Anirban, Agnisnan, Sarothi, Kolahol, Abartan, Itihas and Kaal Sandhya.

While Santwana Bordoloi is known for her film Adajya, another potential director Bidyut Chakrabarty is famous for his movie Rag Birag. Since 1950 to 1970, Assamese films were largely influenced by Bengali movies. Many Bengali directors produced Assamese movies. Things however began to change since 1980. The influence of Bollywood films left a major mark in Assamese films with big-budget movies coming up on stage.

Presently, the insurgency menace has done a black for the Assamese movies to flourish. The insurgents, posing as custodians of Assamese culture, have imposed many Dos and Doníts. Those guidelines are conservative in nature and non-aesthetic in taste. The film personalities are in need of support from other Indian film men and women and also from the government. A new film movement is the call of the day to push through the Assamese movies to the path of progress. 

As Jyotiprasad Agarwala is the father of Assamese cinema, Aideo Handique is the mother of Assamese actress.

Meleng; new Asomiya film:

Guwahati: A large number of Asomiya villagers make their livelihood from bamboo. Their struggle for existence centres round their hard labour, time and patience mixed with joys, sorrows and even romance. This is the theme of the latest Asomiya film, titled Meleng, to be directed by Mridul Gupta. The off-beat story of the film has been penned by Basanta Das of Junction fame. Incidentally, this is the fourth directorial venture of Mridul Gupta who has three successful films to his credit - Sutrapat, Abhiman and Krishnachura. He has also made a good number of TV serials, documentaries in Asomiya and Hindi for Guwahati and Delhi DD. His documentary film And Ripples Not the Waves had the honour of being screened ling back in 1984 at the prestigious Leipzig International film festival.

Children's video film Platform:

Guwahati: A group of destitute children live at the platform of the railway station. The parentless children struggle for their existence by polishing shoes, selling tea and newspapers, water bottles and scrap. Sometimes they have to beg also, in nearby places near the station. There is nobody to think about them. This is the theme of a children's video film directed by Manik Roy, a serious drama activist, who has a number of children's plays to his credit. The story in penned by well-known writer Harendranath Barthakur and the script and dialogue have been written by director Roy. The shooting has been just completed with camera work by Musawir Rehman. The one-hour film is to be edited by reputed editor Kaju. Bhadra Das has composed the music for the film and the only song is written by Harendra Kumar Barthakur, sung by Anita Barthakur, Ilana Gogoi and Bidisha Kashyap. The child artistes in the film, presented under the banner of Jamini films, include Ananya Parashar Maharshi Kashyap, Debarshi Barthakur, Akushjyoti Kalita, Queen Ahmed, Kokil Das, Bitopan Sarma, Paragjyoti Kachari, Saurabh Baishya, Jinamoni Das, Kasvi Sankarisang and Smita Deka. They are supported by Bhargav Kataki, Hemanta Chowdhury, Dipak Bania, Monoranjan Saikia, Chinmoy Bhattacharya, Naba Saikia, Nitul Pal and tukumoni Sarma. The choreography is by Bappa Ahmed.

New Limelight film directory:

Guwahati: the preparation for the next edition (2007-08) of the Limelight Film Directory, compiled and edited by film-journalist Arunlochan Das, has started. The artistes and technicians, whose addresses and phone numbers have changed, are requested to inform accordingly. The new artistes, both male and female, intending to publish their photographs can contact at following address at the earliest, Arunlochan Das, Limelight, Swati Enclave, 3rd floor, 3C, House No 50, Rajgarh Link Road, Anil Nagar, Guwahati 781009, Ph: 2462550, (M) 98641-05174.

Deuta Diya Bidai releasing on Apr 28:

Guwahati: New Asomiya film Deuta Diya bidai, directed by Ramesh Modi, a Mumbai-based director from Sadiya, Asom is releasing on Apr 28 at Nagao, Jorhat and Dhemaji. The entertaining social picture is presented by Suresh Agarwala. The story is by Keshav Rahod and the script is written by Ramesh Modi and Nurul Haque. Ashok Behl of Mumbai handles the camera. The music score is provided by Jitu-tapan and Manas Hazarika. The audio cassette of the songs have already been released. A good number of well-known artistes are portraying roles in the film.

Workshop on videography:

Guwahati: A two-month-long workshop on videography and direction was recently inaugurated at the Nagaon Natya Mandir under the auspices of AR Vision, a pioneer editing studio of Nagaon owned by Arup Kumar Nath. The lessons in the workshop, both theory and practical, are being imparted by Indukalpa Hazarika, Abha Hazarika, Shivanan Barua, Suman Duarah, Paresh Barua, Nirmal Deka (Tito) and Kishore Sarma. After the completion of the workshop, an experimental video film is going to be made by the participants. The workshop was inaugurated by journalist Pratap Bardoloi by lighting earthen lamps. During the function, artiste Surya das broke the cocnut while actress Abha Hazarika garlanded the camera. Cinematographer Indukalpa Hazarika switched on the camera. The special invitees. Arunlochan Das, shivanan Barua and Krishore Sarma were felicitated by the organisers.

Video film; Kalsandhya:

Guwahati: Kalsandhya, a new video film has been recently completed under the director of women director, writer and actress Pakhila Kalita. The director Kalita has written the script and dialogue for the film based on a contemporary social theme written by Prof Kinaram Bora. The theme depicts the deterioration of moral values in the present day society and ill effects of western culture. The film is produced Labanya Das Bora under the banner of Takshasila Productions.

Video film Bhagyalipi:

Guwahati: A full-length video film titled Bhagyalipi, directed by Kalyan Dey, is under production. The film has been produced by upcoming actor Dilip Kumar das under the banner of Bhagyashree Cine Production of Guwahati. The story, screenplay and dialogue are written by reputed dramatist Mahesh Kalita. The contemporary theme reflecting events in the state and participating of popular and glamour artistes are likely to be well-received by the viewers. The cast includes Jatin Bora, Malaya Goswami, Barasharani Bishya, Chetana Das, Hiranya Deka, Aradhana Dey, Dilip Kumar Das and Mahesh Kalita, supported by a number of other artistes. Incidentally, director Kalyan Dey, who is also the cinematographer, is well-known as the 'King of Lighting' in theatrs. Another plus point of the film is its music directed by Diganta Bharati and the songs rendered by Kallol Barthakur, Barnali Kalita, Bibita Sarma, Archana Das and Diganta Bharati. A group of expert technicians are also behind the camera. The film, which was shot in scenic locales of Sonapur, Barapani and other places, is ready for editing. The indoor shooting was done at Shankardev film studio. Moupran Sarma is the chief assistant director while Dimbeswar Baishya is the assistant ditrector. Bhagyalipi is going o be released prior to Rongali Bihu.

Assam actor in Bangla film:

Guwahati: Siddartaha Mukherjee, the popular comedian from Assam, recently returned from Kolkata after taking part in the shooting of a Bangla film titled Chakra, directed by Sanghamitra Choudhury, who has also penned the story and the screenplay. Siddhartha took part in the shooting in Kolkata, Darjeeling, North Bengal and Ramoji Film City in Hyderbad along with Tissha Sengupta, koel Banerjee, Rajatava Dutta (villain), Johny Lever, Sushanta, Feroz, Mon and Pallavi, a young Assamese actress from Lakhimpur. Siddhartha, hailing from Rehabari, Guwahati has played a major role in the entertaining film. He has a number of Assamese films, TV serials, telefilms and stage plays to his credit and has carved a niche in the industry with his roles in films like Krishnachura, Bukur Majot Jwale, Morom Nodir Gabharu Ghat, Hiya Diya Niya, Daag, Asne Konoba Hiya, Koina Mor Dhunia and lately Aghori Atma Kahini. He began his career with his performance in the play Bator Naat produced by IPTA. Music for the film has been scored by Saikat Dev while choreography is by Murli. Judo Ramu is the fight director. Ravi ranjan Maitra is in charge of editing. Chakra is going to be released in April.

A film worth viewing:

Guwahati: Sahil Entertainment's Snehbandhan, an Assamese feature film directed by upcoming director Debajit Adhikary is in brief, a well-made film having a simple appealing story with the backdrop of rural and urban way of life of a family, their laughter and teas, hopes and aspirations. With his first directorial debut, Debajit bears the testimony of a promising director.

Bodo video Anjaalee:

Guwahati: Anjaalee, a Bodo musical video album directed by actor Harendra Arnab, produced under the banner of Double H Production has recently hit the stands. The interesting aspects of the album are that a number of Assamese and Bodo artistes have participated in the album. Appealing Bodo modern songs have been lip-synced by popular hero of Assamese films Rabi Sarma and Hemanga Roy Choudhury - while young Assamese girls have appeared in the dance sequences wearing Dakhana, the traditional costume of Bodo women - which are the highlights of the album. The Bodo songs by Zubeen Garg, Bijoy Bhuyan, Sulekha Basumatary and Menaka have added colour to the album. Debananda Neog has beautifully done the photography in the scenic out door locations of Pabitra Reserve and other places. The cast in the alblum include Ravi Sarma, Hemanga Roychowdhury, Harendra Arnab, Hiranya Kumar Bodo, Bijumoni, Kabita, Jirima, Rashmi, Ranjita, Bijoya, Daisy, Dwipen and Sajay. The choreography by Naushad and Kabin Raj Gayari are impressive. Anjaalee, produced by Hiranya Kumar Bodo and harendra Arnab is likely to be popular among the viewers - both Assamese and Bodo.

Documentary on Mamoni:

Guwahati: The internationally acclaimed film director Jahnu Barua has directed a 27-minute documentary film on Jnanpith Award winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami. The film is produced under the aegis of Sahitya Akademi which has entrusted the project to Jahnu Barua. Jahnu Barua recently completed the shooting of the film covering various locations of Guwahati and its suburbs, Delhi University and other places, where the celebrated writer spent most of her life till now. There is focus on her childhood and youth at Shillong, residences at Chenikuthi and Gandhibasti in the city and her ancestral home at Amranga, near Mirza. The creative aspects of the most popular writer is highlighted in the documentary which is yet untitled. The film is likely to be completed in April next.

Vidya Rao in small screen:

Guwahati: With the completion of shooting of the film Mann Gahanat, Dipankar Kashyap brings yet again another film legend Vidya Rao to the small screen. This is after successfully introducing other film legends like Biju Phukan and Mridula Baruah to the small screen. Scheduled to be released shortly, Mann Gahanat is a musical love story shot in a musical motion with hardly any static shots. This is the first time this style has been attempted in an Assamese movie. This is the first commercial film of choreographer Uday Shankar, who has a superhit Bihu VCD Jetuka behind him. The film has been produced by Manish Choudhury under the banner of 'graFiX'. Manish has worked for the film industry in Canada and Banglore. Dipankar Kashyap is the co-producer of the film. The story of Mann Gahanat revolves around a young budding singer played by Utpal Das. He falls in love with his two lady friends, played by Prayashi Parashar and Poppy Barman, only to realize that his true love lies in Prayashi. The movie exudes a lot of love, passion and heartaches. This is also the first comeback film of Vidya Rao. In this film, the comedy king of Laughing train group, Pankaj Das plays a serious character for the first time, along with Abhijit, another well known comedy actor. The story of the movie is by a renowned photographer Anup Baruah and the script is by Abhijit Hazarika. The music has been scored by Bikas Baruah. The costumes have been designed by Dipankar Kashyap himself and the make up done by Akash. The cinematographer is Bisu and the editor is Mrinal Haloi.

Video film; Baidabhumi:

Guwahati: Baidhabhumi, a video film, directed by Munna Ahmed is going to be released soon under the banner of Unique Cine Production, produced by Peny Bordoloi and Apoline Phukan. The film depicts the endeavour of an honest forest officer to preserve valuable forest resources against heavy odds and his personal life of hopes and sorrows. The story, script and dialogue and written by Uttam Phukan. The film was extensively shot in the forests of upper Assam by Krishna Shah. Manas Adhikary Vision. The role of the forest officer is portrayed by Ravi Sarma and Gayatri Mahanta enacts the heroine's role. The cast includes a good number of newcomers. Jananjoy Saikia has directed the music while the background music has been provided by Bhagawat Pritam. Ananya has done the choreography besides assisting in direction.

Noaro Bandhiba Mon:

Guwahati: Acclaimed and veteran Bihu artiste Aimoni Gogoi, who with her troupe mesmerized audiences in cultural festivals in different parts of India as well as Russia, has produced a video film titled Noaro Bandhiba Mon that show-cases Bihu culture in its finest form in a story that revolves round the pristine love affair of young couple. The story and screenplay of the video film is by Dr Anil Saikia with photography and direction by Biswakjit Barua. The video film, set in the rural backdrop and replete with Bihu songs and dances, has in its cast Bishnu Khargharia, Barasharani Bishaya, Ranjan Sarma, Jayashree Khaund, Dayal Lochan Bora, Babul Bora and others, while Membor Gogoi has made a guest appearance. The choreography has been done by aimoni Gogoi and Babul Bora.

Adhinayak releasing:

Guwahati: Adhinayak, the much-awaited Assamese feature film directed by popular hero Jatin Bora, is going to be released on February 17, simultaneously at Tezpur, Nagaon and Dhemaji. This is the first directorial venture by Jatin Bora who has to his credit a big number of achievements in films, stage, TV serials and mobile theatre by dint of his perseverance for the last sixteen years. Bora has chosen the story of the film from his most favourite director-dramatist Munin Barua who has also written the script and dialogue. The music direction is by his another favourite Zebeen Garg. The well-known cinematographer Suman Duarah has handled the camera. Rajesh Bhuyan is the technical adviser of the film. The hero's role in the film is enacted by Jatin Bora himself supported by Nishita Goswami, Rimpi Das, Nikumoni Barua, Guna Mahanta, Dilip Barua, Basabi Bhuyan, Arun Hazarika, Bhabesh Das, Jowan Dutta, Suren Bora, newcomer Arup Bora and child artiste Jishnu Kakati. A number of well-known artistes are appearing in the film as guest artistes - Chetana Das, Prastuti Parashar, Jayanta Das, Upakul Bordoloi, Hiranya Das, Debajit Mazumdar and Avatosh Bhuyan.


Deuta Diya Bidai releasing in Guwahati:

Guwahati: Deuta Diya Bidai, the latest Asomiya feature film directed by Ramesh Modi, is releasing on June 9 at Udeshna, Vandana and Urvashi cinema halls in Guwahati. Meanwhile, the film, released earlier at Nagaon, jorhat and Dhemaji, has got an overwhelming response from the cinegoers and has run for more than a month. The social family oriented film is produced by Lalita Agarwalla and presented by Suresh Agarwalla and presented by Suresh Agarwalla under the banner of Classic Media.

Development of Asomiya films:

Guwahati: Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya adviser AASU, has assured all-round help and cooperation to safeguard the Asomiya film industry. While committing a movement on behalf of AASU if necessary, he appealed to the film fraternity to join hands and fight for the cause. Dr Bhattacharya was delivering his speech while releasing the audio-cassette of the songs of the latest Asomiya film Aami Asomiya, produced by Narendra Kumar Jain and directed by Rajib Bhattacharya - which has music by Zubeen Garg. In his speech, Dr Bhattacharya lauded the efforts of the producer and director to make a purposeful film which is based on the burning unemployment problem of Asom. The songs rendered by Zubeen Garg, Amindita Pal, Mitali Chowdhury, nirmal Das and Anamika Tanti are appealing and likely to be popular, especially among the young listeners.

Dasyu Bhaskar on small screen:

Guwahati: The well-known veteran actor and writer Ranjit Sutradhar is planning to make a TV serial titled Dasyu Bhaskar in association with notd art director Fatik Barua. Notably, the Dasyu Bhaskar series of 61 books were immensely popular in the later part of the last century.The series was written by Rabin Deunder the pseudonym of Rongmon. The series, Publishing, centres round Bhaskar, an imaginary character like Robin Hood - who has selfless love for Asom and embarks on daring acts against enemies. He is helpedin his acts by members of various ethnic groups of Asom. The film will be shot by cinematographer Shivanan Barua. The theme song is written by reputed lyricst Kirtikamal Bhuyan.

Ami Asomiya progressing fast:

Guwahati: Director Rajiv Bhattacharya's second film after Seuji Dharani Dhunia, titled Aami Asomiya, is progressing fast with the editing and mixing being done in Chennai. The film is edited by the national award winning editor Srikar Prasad. Earlier, the dubbing and background music were done at Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Re-recording Theatre at Jyoti Chitraban. The first print of Aami Asomiya, an entertaining social film with innovation treatment, will be ready by the second week of May. Rajiv Bhattacharya left for Chennai on April 29, along with Ashim Baishya who will assist him in the editing of the dance sequences. They will be joined by the cinematographer Suman Duarah, who is leaving soon to look after the technical aspects of colour grading. The film is scheduled for censorship in the current month. The audio cassette of the songs of the film is going to be released soon. One of the highlights of the film is going to be its music - directed by Zubeen Garg. Zubeen, Mitali Chowdhury and Anamika have suitably rendered the songs with lyric by Mrinalkanti, Manas Rabin, Subil Berg and Biman Barua. The musical score contains, besides romantic songs, Bihugeet, jhumur songs and an appealing item song.

Kalpana Patwari in Bhojpuri film:

Guwahati: Kalpana Patwari, the popular Assamese singer, has already set foot in Hindi film music and is gaining recognition. Kalpana has also earned reputation as a singer in Bhojpuri language and is known as the Lata of Bhojpuri songs. Interestingly, the young, beautiful singer has performed in a major role of a Dalit girl in the Bhojpuri film Choloto Musafir Moh Liyore which has been highly appreciated by the press and the public.

Expert cinematographer:

Guwahati: Nirmal Deka, popularly known as Tito, is a name to be reckoned with in the field of cinematography in Asom. The versatile cinematographer started his careers as a lightman when he was just a matric student. He worked as lightman in 1972 in the film Upagraha with cinematography by well known Kalyn Dey and Lohit Borbora. Tito had a penchart for the camera and lights since his childhood and tried to gather experience in lighting by working in stage plays. After Upagraha he contributed as a lightman in films like Banariya Phool, Dharmakai, Kchghar, Uttaran and Jibon-jeuti, assisting Dey and Borbora. He then did lighting independently - starting with Toramai, Sandhyarag, Bonjui, duranir Rong, Rongdhali and several other films that included documentaries. He began his career as operating camerman by assising eminent cinematographer Indukalpa Hazarika in the first Asomiya fantasy film Ektrish June and children's film Abuj Bedona. Since then there has been no looking back and he has been contributing to the Asomiya film industry with camera work for last 34 years with honesty, sincerity and dedication.

Angurlata best new talent:

Guwahati: Angulata is one of the upcoming talents of the Asomiya film industry. She won the recently announced Jyotirupa Media Award for best new talent. The young lady, hailing from a village in Nalbari, has already made an impact on Asomiya cinegoers and critics with her performance in the film Sonar Kharu Nelage Moke. The recognition accorded to her with the award is well-deserved as the film exploited her acting talent in proper perspective.

Talent hunt for feature film:

Guwahati: Gargi Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Is preparing for its fourth Asomiya feature film, yet untitled. The story and script is by Chandra Mudoi and the film will be directed by him. Dr Hitesh Baruah has given the music to the film. The playback singers are Zubeen Garg, Debojit Saha (of voice of India fame) and others. Presently, the playback recording is going on at DG Music Studio. The production house is on the lookout for fresh talents for the lead roles. Aspiring candidates should send three photographs (profile, close up and blow up) and a VCD of their acting capability in different moods (It may be of a previous experience or raw) to Gargo Entertainment Co. Pvt. Ltd, 2-c Arti Plaza, Opp. Gauhati commerce College, Chandmari, Guwahati - 3 or contact 2458586. The selected candidates will be invited for the final screen test. The proposed schedule of the film is in the last week of October. The last date of submission of application forms is May 5.

Video film Cheka Loga Gabharu:

A video film cheka Loga Gabharu, produced by Lakshman Khonal and directed by Raju Bora under the banner of Smriti Production, released recently by film director Bhaskar Kiran at a function held at Guwahati Press Club. At the function, Tika Devi Khonal, mother of the producer, lighted the lamp while Jadav Chandra Mahanta welcomed the gathering. NB Sapakota, former executive president and social worker Devendra Narayan Konwar of Boragaon attended as chief guests. The film's script and dialogue have been written by director Bora. The story by Biju Bora deals with the plight of young Hindu widows. The artistes in the film include Chetana Das, Reba Phukan, Paul Phukan, Kaveri Mahanta, Indrajit Konwar, Giridhar Roy, Hillabi Kalita, Nimmi Pradhan and Kamala Pradhan. A good number of artistes and technicians of Boragaon have contributed to the success of the video film. The camera work by Arun Nath and editing by Sumanta Bordoloi are praiseworthy.

Comedy video Chikuti Dim:

A comedy video film Chikuti Dim, produced by Sunil Gogoi and directed jointly by Uday Shankar Bhuyan and Pankaj Sarma of Laughing Train fame, is being made under the banner of SR Production. With story by Pankaj Sarma, the film has in its cast Chetana Das, Uday Shankar Bhuyan, Khirod Sarma, Bhabesh Das, Pankaj Sarma, Diganta Talukdar, Dipankar Kashyap, Ankumi Senapati, Pinki Rajkhowa, Namita Hazarika, among others. The videography is by Krishna Shah with choreography by Ashim Baishya. Manas Hazarika is the music director, while the singers are Saju, Bornali, Queen Hazarika and Rani.

Aami Asomiya shooting progressing:

The shooting of the Assamese feature film Aami Asomiya, directed by Rajiv Bhattacharya, is going on in full swing at Jyoti Chitrabon studio. For the purpose, a market has been artificially built, along with a pitch road in between, at the floor No.2. Perhaps for the first time such a big set has been built for an Assamese film. According to the director, the shooting is going to be completed during the current month. Dealing with the theme of the burning unemployment problem by Narendra Kumar Jain under the banner of Rara Brothers Pvt. Ltd. The story, screenplay and dialogue have been written by the director, Rajiv Bhattacharya. Suman Duarah has done the cinematography in 35mm cinemascope. The roles are portrayed by Ravi Sarma, Aangurlata, Jayanta Bhagawati, Saurabh Hazarika, Zerifa Wahid, Chetana Das, Rimpi Das, Hiranya Deka, Munmun Das, Bijit Dev Choudhury, Monmoth Barua, Monoranjan Sarma, Tilottoma Sarma, Mani Medhi and others. The art direction is by Phatik Barua while Bapi Sengupta is in charge of sound. Costume design is by Barsha Bora. The film unit will be proceeding soon outside the city for song picturisations.

Video film Network Busy:

Of late, there has been a spurt of Assamese comedy video films that have been well-received by the viewers. But these are made only to entertain the viewers. Network Busy, an Assamese comedy video film, besides entertaining, also conveys a message. The film was recently released by music director Manas Rabin at a function held at the Sivasagar Press Club. The film has been produced by Pradip Kumar Saikia under the banner of Rajanikanta Production of Sivasagar. Directed by Kalabhusan Pakhila Kalita, a well known writer, director and actress, the film's story has been written by Aryan Farzat. It deals with the misuse of mobile phones, and its use as a luxury item, without bothering about the latest scientific inventions that are of immense help to the people. The story is presented nicely with a mixture of humorous elements. The dialogue and script have been written by Kiran Rajkhowa. The two leading roles of Tilinga and Dhempesi have been enacted by Atul Pachani and Chetana Das respectively. Newcomer Parishmita Saikia appears promising. Others in the cast are Nitul Chiring Phukan, Pulak Kumar Gogoi, Saniram Podder, Makhan Barua, Bedanta Bikash Dutta, Amalanjyoti, Dr Kabul Hazarika, Navajyoti Bora, Dipika Phukan, Akram Hussain, Jimoni and Nibha. The performance by all the artistes is impressive. Two important characters have been portrayed by 'Mr. India' Bijit Gogoi and Abhay Kumar, an actor from Bihar. Babul Hazarika has done the photography. The four parody songs are added attractions.

Kadam Tole Krishna Nache:

Suman Haripriya's third directorial offering Kadam Tole Krishna Nache, made in cinemascope, is naturally making waves due to its theme, hitherto untouched, and overall presentation, which is a treat to the eyes and ears. It is remarkable that for the first time Satriya culture and its richness and beauty are shown on the celluloid in proper perspective. Romance, songs and dances are all thrown in, measured doses. Above all, the story also conveys a social message. Credit goes to Suman and producer Ranajit Chakravarty for successfully depicting the art and culture preached by the great Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardev. One of the highlights of the film is its music. Composer Prabhat Sarma has done full justice in providing lilting Satriya music with the use of indigenous Assamese musical instruments. The songs, based on traditional tunes, are a real treat to the ears and praiseworthy. The songs have been magnificently choreographed by dance exponents like Jatin Goswami, Jagannath Mahanta, Ghana Bora, Govinda Saikia, Saradi Saikia, Ramkrishna Talukdar and Jiwanjyoti Dutta. Nirmal Deka (Tito) has done brilliant camera work.

Churen Choror Putek released:

Pranjal Bharalee and Chabi Bharalee inform that Churen Choror Putek, made under the banner of Gargi Entertainment Co. Pvt Ltd, is releasing on Sept 16 in the city. The hilarious comedy film mixed with romance and commercial ingredients has been directed by well known director Chandra Mudoi, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogue. Dr Hitesh Barua has composed the music, with arrangement by Dony Hazarika. Dinesh Thakkar of Mumbai has done the cinematography. The leading roles are played by Jatin Bora, Prastuti Parashar, Nishita Goswami, Chetana Das, Dinesh Das, Dr Rajen Jaiswal and child artiste Gargi, supported by others.

Contest for video films:

Guwahati: A video film contest has been organized by Guwahati-based United TV and Filmmakers Association covering films made in Assam and the other parts of the North-East. For the purpose, awards for different categories of the films have been announced under the title 'Citralekha Award 2005'. Besides Assamese films, Bodo, Mising, Karbi and Sadri films of Assam are also entitled to join the contest. The award function will be held on February 18. The intending producers can join the contest by sending a cheque/draft of Rs 350 along with a consent letter at the following address: President/Secretary, United TV and Filmmakers Association, Nilabh Niloy, Shanti Path, RG Baruah Road, Guwahati-24, informs Indra Bania, president of the association. According to the organizers the objective of the association is, among others, to unite the artistes and technicians and motivate the public against piracy of video films.

Shooting of Nilkantha:

Guwahati: The shooting of Nilkantha, an Assamese feature film made under the banner of Himalaya Films of Guwahati, was recently completed under the direction of Rajani Barman (Raj). This is the second film by Barman after Sonar Kharu Nelage Moke. The story of the realistic flim is written by Prakash Medhi and revolves around the life of a Bordhulia (the big drummer), who struggles for existence against all odds and desires to preserve Assamese traditional music. Barman has written the screenplay. The central character of the Bordhulia Nandika is played by well known veteran actor Mahananda Sarma. The role of Kanak, Nandikai's son, is played by Hiranya Das, while his sister Konmai's role is enacted by Ruprekha Devi. A good number of artistes are in the supporting roles. Bhagawat Pritam and Dina Baishya appear as guest artistes. Hari Chandra Das is the producer while Ganesh Kalita is the co-producer. The music is directed by Ananta Bezbarua with playback singing by Tarali Sarma and Dilip Das. Dinesh Thakkar is the cinematographer. The editing will be done in Mumbai soon.

Moromor Mousumi:

Guwahati: Moromor Mousumi, an entertaining video film with music and dances based on Bihu, was released recently. Well known actor Bikram Hazarika has directed the film with music by singer Krishnamoni Nath, who has also appeared in the film in the role of a Sikh youth. The playback singers are Udit Narayan, Zubeen Garg, Krishnamoni Nath, Mahendra Hazarika, Bornali Kalita and Bhitali Devi. The film has been produced by Chandrakamal Saikia under the banner of BK Production. The film was formally released recently by noted director Bidyut Chakravarty at a function held on the occasion.

Chenai Mor Dhulia release on Dec 29th:

Guwahati: Chenai Mor Dhuliya, the fifth Assamese feature film under the banner of Lakshminarayan Films, is being simultaneously released on Dec 29th at Tinsukia and Golaghat. The film's premiere will be held at Chitralekha of Golaghat where the audio cassette of the film's songs will be released. The film will be released at Sivasagar on January 6.Produced by Ashok Kumar Bishaya and Happymoni Bishaya, Chenai Mor Dhuliya is based on a story revolving around the romance between a dhulia (drummer) and a nachani (dancer). The story and screenplay have been written by the well known director of the, Chandra Mudoi. The cinematography is by Dinesh Thakkar and Syed Musawir Rehman. The musical score has been provided by Jayanta Pathak, Jitul Sonowal, Kamal Rashid Ahmed and Nolin Hazarika and the playback singers are Jitul Sonowal, Kavita Krishnamurty, Anindita Pal, Parikshit, Pranita Saikia, Jimpi Kakati and Jupita Saikia. The choreography is by Barasharani Bishaya. The editing was done at Riddhi Siddhi studio in the city. The cast includes Jatin Bora, Barasharani Bishaya, Bina Das Manna, Kashmiri Saikia Barua, Raj Sarma, Chetana Das, Raj Saikia, Adhar Das, Dr. Hitesh Barua and Pradip Pujari.

Murder - a crime thriller:

Guwahati: Murder, an Assamese serial comprising of 13-episodes, is going to be telecast from January next. The crime thriller has been produced by Mayurath Films under the banner of Roopkar Cine Enterprise. The executive producers are Pabitra Kumar Deka and Prantik Deka. Pradyut Kumar Deka has directed the serial. The cast includes the serial. The cast includes Indra Bania, Bornali Pujari, Inu Barua, Rimpi Das, Mahananda Sarma, Jayanta Das, Debajit Mazumdar, Urmimala Mahanta, Ankur Bishaya and Moinul Haque. The story, script and dialogue of the film have been written by Pabitra Kumar Deka. Ratul Barman is the director of photography while Pankaj Bora is the operating cameraman. Music is by Kristi Kankana Bora.

Aami Asomiya progressing fast:

Guwahati: The dubbing of Aami Asomiya, the new Assamese feature film directed by Rajiv Bhattacharya, was recently completed at the Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Rerecording Theatre at Jyoti Chitraban, under the supervision of sound recordist Dipak Dutta. The background music and re-recording will be done soon at Jyoti Chitrabon. Film editor Srikar Prasad has done the editing in Chennai. The film is likely to be released in February next year. Aami Asomiya, produced under the banner of Rara Brothers Private Ltd by Narendra Kumar Jain, is based on the theme of the burning unemployment problem of Assam. The story, script and dialogue are written by director Rajiv Bhattacharya. A highlight of the film is its music, scored by Zubeen Garg, composed with Bihu, Jhumur and an item song. The audio cassette is going to be released soon. The cinematography has been done by Suman Durarh in 35mm cinemascope. The cast includes Jayanta Bhagawati, Ravi Sarma, Hiranya Deka, Zerifa Wahid, Angoorlata, Saurabh Hazarika, Rimpi Das, Chetana Das, Munmun Das, Jagadish Bhuyan, Monoranjan Sarma, Bijit Dev Chowdhury, Monmoth Barua, Moni Medhi, Ruby Mahanta, Tilottama Sarma, Kamalendra Bharali, Binode Thakur, Mridul Bhuyan, Munindra Das, Abhilash Bhattacharya, Kripal Kalita and Jituraj Barman. Ashim Baishya is in charge of choreography while the Bihu number has been directed by Prabin Saikia.

Tora; album of Bihu songs:

Guwahati: Tore, an audio cassette of Assamese Bihu songs presented by Nayan Nirban, released recently has received good response. Popular singer Zubeen Garg has rendered the songs in his inimitable style, keeping the original flavour of Bihu songs. The creative director duo - Janmi Das and Manoj Bora - has impressively presented the songs which depict the familiar way of simple village life as well as the love and emotions of young lovers. The eight songs in the album have been sung by Zubeen, ably supported by Bornali, Vitali, Mala and Juwali. The songs have been written and tuned by Mintu, Nayanjyoti, Pushpa, Lila Bora, Anup Barua and Sengkon. Meanwhile, a VCD of Tora is being made with story, direction and choreography by Ashim Baishya. The video, with script and dialogue by Nirmal Das, is awaiting release soon. The artistes are Nayan Nirban, Angoorlata, Bina Baruwati, Ashim Aparnam, Padmarag and Ashim Baishya

NE documentary films for MIFF:

Guwahati: Seven documentary films are going to be screened at the Ninth Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) beginning on February 3 in a special section of the North-East. The films are Kaihatir Dhulia (Drummers of Kaihati) directed by Hementa Das, which deals with the art form with special reference to Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner Mohan Bhaworiya; Where the Tallest Grass Grows, which deals with the relationship of man with bamboo, directed by Maulee Senapati; Prayer for New God, directed by Moji Riba, focuses on the indigenous faith of Arunachal Pradesh and the same director's What is with the Bamboo Dance? Deals with the young Mizo Association's relationship with society and politics of Mizoram; the Dance of the Lai Haroba, made by acclaimed Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma, deals with the beautiful dance form of Manipur; Sons of Apatani: The Misings by well known Assamese director Gautam Bora and Binding Threads by Metevinuo Ate Sakhrie of Nagaland. The festival features 500 entries from over 40 countries. MIFF is one of the most prestigious film festival - which is presenting the best of international documentaries, short films and animated films. The competitive festival will give away Rs 28 lakh in prize money.

Aghori Atma releasing on Jan 20:

Guwahati: Aghori Atma, an Assamese horror film directed by Munna Ahmed, is releasing on Jan 20 at three cinema halls of the city. The film is the first one to be released in the New Year. The film was cleared by the censor board with an 'A' certificate. Sambhu Gupta has written the story and the screenplay. Special effects for this offbeat film are provided by Sujit Bora and Arup Kakati, two Mumbai-based Assamese youths. The stunts have been by provided by Abinash Kishore. The film is produced by Pankaj Lochan Dev Mahanta and Afroz Muhammad. The executive producer Bhupen Uzir has scored the music for the film. The songs are rendered by Zubeen Garg, Shanta Uzir, Kamal Rashid Ahmed, Mahalaxmi Aaiyer, Parikshit Kalita and Vidisha Kashyap, with lyrics by Dwijendra Mohan Sarma, Tarun Sarma and Ibson Barua. The cast of the film made under the banner of Mahamaya films includes Nipon Goswami, Jatin Bora, Jayanta Bhagawati, Chetana Das, Konki Bordoloi, Aaimee Barua, Siddhartha Mukharji Bhaskar Bora, Suren Bora, Dinesh Bishaya, Mayuri Bharali and child artiste Karvilina Deka. Dipak Baba is the adviser for the film.

Audio cassette of Aghari Atma:

Guwahati: The audio cassette of the songs of the Assamese horror film Aghari Atma, directed by Munna Ahmed was released on January 19 at the premier show of the film by veteram music composed-lyricist Tafazzul Ali. Noted music director Bhupen Uzir has done the musical score with the songs rendered by Zubeen Garg, Shanta Uzir, Mahalakshmi Aiyer, Kamal Rashid Ahmed, Mayukh Hazarika, Parikshit, Vidisha and Pritismita Uzir. The musical arrangement is by Suman Mitra. One of the songs is tuned by Bipul Barua. The songs are written by Ibson Barua, dwijendra Mohan Sarma and Bhupen Uzir.

Snehbandhan releasing on:

Guwahati: Snehbandhan, an Assamese feature film directed by a debutant Debojit Adhikary is releasing on Feb 3, simultaneously at three theaters of the city Vandana, Udeshna and Urvashi. The story, script and dialogue of the social entertaining film is written by the director himself. The film is produced by Rosy Ahmed, June Das and Dharmendra Chowdhury under the banner of Sahil Entertainment, Guwahati. Well known musician Nanda Banerjee has provided music with playback singing by Zubeen Garg, Jitul Sonowal, Namita Bhattacharya, Shanta Uzir and Queen Hazarika. A Bargeet of Mahapurush Madhavdev has been rendered by khagen Mahanta. This is the last film shot by late Mrinal Kanti Das. The cast includes Mridula Barua, Madhusmita Sakia, Hiranya Das and Rajashree Phukan make special appearance.


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