Assamese Cinema is elegant in every sense, and they have produced gems in every genre. Varied from the genre of Action, Comedy, Thriller and many more Assamese Cinema has also done epic works that made notable remarks in Indian and International Film festivals and bagged numerous awards and brought pride for the state and the Nation. Today in SobiGhor we will discuss 10 Outstanding Assamese Movie that has Bagged National Awards. Although there are numerous Assamese Movies that has bagged National Awards since 1955 with Piyali Phukan as First. Here we have listed 10 best among all, which had left a unique remark in the list of National Awards and Brought pride for the state.
Agnisnaan, released in 1985 is a drama directed by Bhabendra Nath Saikia. The film stars Indra Bania, Kashmiri Barua, Chetana Das, Ashok Deka, Moloya Goswami, Arjun Guha Thakuria, Arun Nath and Biju Phukan. The film is based on Bhabendranath Saikia’s novel titled Antareep. The story speaks about a wealthy businessman who wants to go for a second marriage. This creates a huge shock and anger for his first wife and his son. A movie based on human psychology along with a unique story line, where How his first wife feels cheated in her love and dedication to her husband and how she takes revenge is something that will keep you engaged until the end of the movie. Well, we might have seen these type of dramas common nowadays but capturing such a story on a camera back in 1985 is possible only because of the hard work and dedication of the ensemble cast and talented director. The movie was highly appreciated by audiences and the jury member of National Awards. The movie bagged two prominent National Awards, the Award for Best Screenplay to Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia and National Award for Best Regional Film.
Aparoopa Released in 1982 is directed by Jahnu Barua. This is debut feature film for Jahnu Barua as director. The movie stars Biju Phukan, Suhasini Mulay, Sushil Goswami and Girish Karnad. The movie speaks about the story of a young woman of an upper-class society of Assam, who has to give up her university education for an arranged marriage with a rich businessman who deals with tea-plantation. She has to face a huge loneliness and boredom as her husband neglects her in most situations. We see her been outraged when she discovers that her marriage takes place in order to eliminate her father’s huge debt. She considers herself as being sold to her husband. As the movie proceeds ahead we see the struggle of an Independent woman bound by societal rules and customs. And the end we see the centrical character moves ahead breaking all the rules for her ex-lover who is now an Armymen. Watch this movie for an epic drama. Jahnu Baruah’s dedicated hard work makes this movie a must watch Assamese movie. And thus this movie Bagged the National Award for Regional Film. And Jahnu Baruah becomes the first ever director to represent in National Awards for debut film which competed for the Award of Best Film of the Year.
3. Xagoroloi Bohudur
Released in 1995, Xagoroloi Bohu Door translated in English as “It’s a Long Way to the Sea” is a drama film directed by Jahnu Barua. The movie stars Bishnu Kharghoria, Arun Nath, Kashmiri Saikia Baruah and Sushanta Baruah in pivotal roles. The story revolves around a boatman who earns his living by sailing boat. With the beautiful music at the background composed by Satya Baruah, the movie goes ahead one of the best art on screen. The boatman suffers as huge problem who is thrown in a situation where he is unable to earn through the way he knows best, As the government decides to construct a bridge on the river the boatman is snatched away from his job. On the other hand, the boatman’s son who lives in the city wants his father only to take care of their property. The movie depicting a person’s life indulged in work life and family is depicted very beautifully on screen. We might have seen many corporate dramas on the screen where the character is fighting with personal and work life. But when a person who knows traditional work and faces the same situation is always left unnoticed. A crucial scenario of society is presented very beautifully by the director. This led Jahnu Barua bag the National Award for Best Director and the Movie as the Best Feature film in Assamese.
4. Konikar Raandhenu
Konikar Ramdhenu directed by Jahnu Barua. It was released in 2003. The movie stars Bishnu Kharghoria, Moloya Goswami, Reba Phukan, Ronik, Abinash Sharma, Ashwini Bhuyan, Indrani Gogoi and Mahika Sharma. The film was showcased in Indian Panorama section of IFFI during October 2002 in Delhi and Mumbai International Festival in 2003. Konikar Ramdhenu explains about the wrongful things that happen in a juvenile home. The movie revolves around an eleven-year-old boy Kukoi, who runs away from his home and begins working in a motor garage. One day the owner of Kukoi attempts to molest him. In self-defense, Kokoi hits the owner with an iron rod, which leads to the death of the owner on spot. Kukoi is arrested and is produced before court sends him to state juvenile home, where he is traumatized. The warden of the home is an intellectual man, who helps out kukui to get out of the situation by convincing everyone about the truth behind the incident. The movie is presented in a very beautiful way, that made audiences and critics appreciate the movie with loud applause. One of the outstanding movies ever created by legendary Jahnu Barua. It is also found that Director Jahnu Barua visited 12 juvenile homes before making the film. The research work done by him for making such a classic art on screen, explains how dedicated the director he is. The movie received the National Award for Best Regional Film. A must watch classic of Assamese Cinema.
5. Mon Jaai
Mon Jaai translated into English as “I feel like”. Released in 2008 is a drama directed by Moirangthem Maniram. It stars Zubeen Garg, Pabitra Margherita, Gyanendra Pallab, Nabadeep Borgohain, Nishita Goswami, Mahika Sharma and Rimpi Das in prime roles. The film speaks about the life of four unemployed educated youths from lower-middle-class families of Assam who are fighting with their own misfortunes. Manab played by Zubeen Garg, Nayan played by Pabitra Margherita, Tapan played by Gyanendra Pallab and Akan played by Nabadeep Borgohain are four unemployed educated youths from lower-middle-class families, where everyone is fighting in their own life. One bad day these guys are rounded up by police as terror suspects, although later they are bailed. But this incident left them with a criminal stamp that becomes a barrier in their way of getting a job. This led them to involve in illegal activities. As the movie goes on we see they end up killing a man, which leads to a tremendous change in their life, which leaves themselves with hallucinations of their deed. The film speaks about the why simple people sometimes do certain very heinous crimes which change their entire livelihood which they cannot get rid off until their last breath. The movie thus revolves around how they lead their lives in spite of their mistakes and it also highlights many issues eroding Assam like corruption, terrorism etc. The film was among 20 outstanding feature films of the country selected for Indian Panorama 2008 and shown in the 39th International Film Festival of India 2008 in Goa. For the credible performances of star cast and the presentation of such an epic story on screen, the director was appreciated a lot. And The film bagged the National Award for Best Regional Cinema.
Baandhon, Released in 2012 is a drama directed by Jahnu Barua. Movie stars Bishnu Kharghoria Jatin Bora, Jerifa Wahid and Bina Patangia in the lead roles. The film was produced by Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation Limited. The film center is an elderly couple, Dandeswar and Hkawni, who arrive in Mumbai in search of their grandson, who is missing after 26/11 2008 terror attack. The old couple played by Bishnu Khargoria and Bina Patangia is fighting with their marital issues, which even leads to filing a case of divorce. While on the way, they found themselves in a situation where their only grandson who was studying in Mumbai, is missing after the attacks of 26/11 Mumbai. And the couple arrives in Mumbai in search of their missing grandson. the movie completely revolves around the old couple, who in spite of their own personal problems stands together to find out their missing grandchild. The movie speaks about the relationships, the ups and downs of a human life that changes with the change of external environment. The film was showcased at 43rd International Film Festival of India. It was also screened at the International Film Festival of Kerala Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival in the year 2012. The film was awarded as the best film in the Indian Films Competition held at the Bengaluru International Film Festival for the year 2012. Finally, it won the 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Assamese.
7. Chameli Memsaheb
Chameli Memsaab translated into English as Madame Chameli is a 1975 released drama film directed by Abdul Majid. It starred George Baker and Binita Borgohain in lead roles. The movie is based on a short story by journalist and writer, Nirode Choudhury.The movie is About a love story revolving around a tea estate in Assam, where we see the leads, one as a tea garden worker and another the owner of the tea estate. As the movie goes ahead we see a gruesome murder that maintains the thrill of the movie until the end. Picturisation of such an epic love story with engaging thrill and suspense in the midst of 70’s is a brilliant work done by the director in Assamese Cinema. The movie is defined to be best in its genre because of the fabulous performance of George Baker that turned him a star overnight. At the back, the soothing music composed by Bhupen Hazarika makes it one of the most wonderful cinemas of Assamese Cinema. I personally say this is a movie that should be remade for modern day suspense-thriller loving viewers, and it will definitely be a big hit as it was in 1975. At the 1975 National Film Awards, the film won the award for Best Music Direction for Bhupen Hazarika, as well as Best Feature Film in Assamese
8. Dr. Bezbarua
Assamese cinema has also passed an era when they were not able to produce remarkable art because of which for the number of years it stood weak performers in National Awards. Then came an era of Commercial Cinema and Dr. Bezbarua was released in 1969, and it turned out as the first Assamese cinema which had a huge commercial success. The movie is directed by Brajen Barua and produced by Rangghar Cine Productions. It is also marked as the beginning of success of so-called commercial movies in Assamese Film industry. It was also the first time the outdoor and indoor shooting entirely took place in various locations across the state and Nation. The movie stars Brajen Barua, Nipon Goswami, Meghali Devi, Pratibha Thakur and Renu Saikia in lead roles. The music of the movie is awesomely composed by Ramen Barua, younger brother of Brajen Barua. Some of the popular songs of this film which are still popular today are “Moyna Kon Bidhatai”, “Ki Naam Di Matim”, “Jilika Jilika Tora Akakhore”, “Phool Phool Phool” etc. this awesome movie is remade in Hindi as Shivam in 2011 directed by Angshuman Barua. The movie is said as the first thriller movie of Assam depicting a story of a youth who is initially seen having a happy go fun life, and later he finds himself captured in between a criminal mystery. A movie that shows romance, crime, and murder that keeps audiences attached to the movie with full of thrill is something Assamese cinema has noticed for the first time. The Movie was awarded as National Award for Best Regional feature Film 1969.
9. Village Rockstars
Village Rockstars is the latest entry in the list of National Awards, and it also won the National Award for Best Film 2018. It is second, after 31 years an Assamese movie bagged the National Award for best Film competing all movies released in the year across the nation. The Movie stars Bhanita Das as Centrical character with Basanti Das and Manabendra Das in supporting roles. Village Rockstars is a coming-of-age film, written and directed by Rima Das, who also bagged the National Award for Best Editing for this movie. The movie tells us story about a Ten-year-old Dhunu played by Bhanita Das, who lives with her widowed mother and elder brother Manabendra. We see the protagonist who helps her mother in the day to day activities until one day she gets attracted to a music band and dreams to become a superstar by forming a band. As the movie moves ahead we see the struggle of the lead character with every situation that comes her way. we see her saving penny by penny to purchase a guitar, we also her condition when she thinks to give up her dream when a deadly flood destroys her families livelihood and many more. In the end, you will definitely love how her hardships fruits to best results. A gem on the screen a credible artistic work makes Village Rockstars legendary cinema itself. The dedicated portrayal of Bhanita Das as Dhunu is epic. The music in the background will touch your heart. A movie deserved to win the Best and did making a remark in the History of Assamese and Indian Cinema. The film which was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017. With the Award of Best film, Village Rockstars also won awards in three other categories Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.
Before mentioning the top pick here are few amazing honorable mentions.
Jetuka Pator Dore
Director: Jadumoni Dutta
Starring: Kopil Bora, Arun Hazarika, Aimee Barua and Raag Ainitam
National Awards: Best Feature film in Assamese
Director: Bhaskar Hazarika
Starring: Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, and Jerifa Wahid
National Awards: Best Feature film in Assamese
Director: Santwana Bordoloi
Starring: Bishnu Khargoria, Chetana Das, Trisha Saikia, Tom Alter and Tabu
National Awards: Best Regional Film, Special Jury Award
10. Halodhia Soraye Baodhan Khai
Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai well this list seems to be completely dominated by Jahnu Baruah’s movies, well why not Jahnu Baruah has contributed a lot to Assamese Cinema. And in 1987 Released Jahnu Barua Directed Halodhia Choraye Baodhan becomes the first Assamese movie to win the prestigious National Award for Best Feature Film in 1988 defeating all the Indian classic movies released in 1987. The movie stars Indra Bania, Badal Das, Purnima Pathak, Pranjal Saikia And Tara in prime roles. Based on Homen Buragohain’s novel the movie with a social genre depicting a story of a farmer named Rakheswar played by Indra Bania who leads a simple life with his wife Taru and two children. A family whose entire livelihood depends on the paddy field that they farm. On a misfortune date, a landlord comes in the scene and claims the land to be his. Through the movie, we see the issues faced by Indian farmers during 60-70s of India, while leaving a social message at the end of the movie. A movie that completely puts light on the dominance of rich landlords over poor farmers, and how the family of farmers surpasses such situations. There are some scenes in the movie that will really touch you emotionally. The movie was a big hit when it released and was critically acclaimed and loved by audiences. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1988 and multiple awards at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1988.
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