Assamese cinema is going through a hard time with lack of commercially successful films, yet fresh talents coming up with new ideas that pushes the boundaries of filmmaking. Recent years introduced us to a host of new age filmmakers who are not afraid of experimenting with their crafts. And indeed these experiments are changing the face of Assamese cinema in the most positive way possible.
Here is our list of some such extraordinary talents:
1. Bhaskar Hazarika
Kothanodi, the directorial debut of Bhaskar Hazarika, reimagines the tales from Burhi Aair Sadhu in a way that is never seen in Assamese cinema. Taking popular bedtime stories and binding them to a single plotline with a twist seems to be his forte. The film not only won a national film award but also widely appreciated in national and international festivals.
2. Bobby Sarma Baruah
Bobby Sarma Baruah tackled sensitive issues like HIV AIDS and women empowerment in her debut feature Adomya in a very subtle way still maintaining the cinematic experience. Currently she is working on a biopic of legendary folk singer Pratima Barua Pandey titled Sonar Baran Pakhi.
3. Dhruva J Bordoloi
Dhruva J Bordoloi with his first movie Dooronir Nirola Poja managed to show a slice of life from an ordinary Assamese middle-class family with subtlety and maturity. The film proves his hold over the craft of filmmaking. With mesmerizing vocals by Angaraag Mahanta, the film is sure to make you leave spellbound.
4. Rajni Basumatary
You have probably seen Rajni Basumatary in Bollywood blockbuster Mary Kom as mother of the titular character. This multitalented actor director released her first directorial feature Raag: The Rhythm of Love in 2014. With her magnificent direction and powerpack performance by Adil Hussain and Zerifa Wahid, the film is a visual delight.
5. Kangkan Rajkhowa
Kangkan Rajkhowa broke into the scene with Shinyor and received many critical acclaims. He addressed sensitive subjects like prostitution in his debut film. Currently he is busy in post-production of his upcoming romantic drama Dur which is expected to release later this year.
6. Reema Borah
Reema Borah, a Film and Television Institute of India graduate, started strong with her first Assamese feature Bokul and went to won Best Director at 2016 Prag Cine Awards along with critical acclaim. She has already started to work on the sequel of Bokul, titled Bisnu and currently looking for crowdfunding supporters.
7. Kenny Basumatary
Kenny Basumatary caught the attention of national and international media by directing his first feature film Local Kung Fu on a budget of just 95,000 Indian rupees. The funny and witty martial arts comedy is already regarded as a cult among Assamese viewers. Kenny is also an actor and appeared in movies like Raag: The Rhythm of Love, Mary Kom etc.
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8. Ratan Sil Sarma
Ratan Sil Sarma along with cultural activist Himjyoti Talukdar brought us a memorable film Marksheet. His direction managed to tell the story of a young boy’s journey beautifully. Setting up a new trend, the film was commercially released online before its theatrical release and available for streaming at cinemasofassam.com.
9. Jhulan Krishna Mahanta
Jhulan Krishna Mahanta made his debut with Nodi Mathu Boi, which follows the journey of a young group of musicians from the smallest to the largest river island in the World. He treated the river Brahmaputra as a central character to tell his story which came out beautifully onto the screen.
10. Bidyut Kotoky
Bidyut Kotoky came into scene with his first directorial debut Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare in 2012. However soon after he found himself surrounded by controversy as the judges of National Film Awards rejected his film on the grounds of not being Assamese. The film beautifully tells the story of a journalist looking for his missing friend in Majuli on the backdrop of insurgency. He is currently working on his next feature Xhoixobote Dhemalite which stars supemodel Dipannita Sharma.
We are very optimistic that such amazing talents will bring back the glory of Assamese cinema. What do you think? Leave us your views in comments below.