15 Facts you should know about Assamese Films

15 Facts you should know about Assamese Films

The Assamese film industry is one of the oldest and a very prominent Film Industry in India. The journey of Assamese Cinema started in 1935, when Jyotiprasad Agarwala’s Joymoti released. And in these 80 years, Assamese films have achieved a lot. Here I have collected 15 facts about the Assamese film industry.

Fact 1

“Ronga Police” is the first President Silver Medal winning Assamese film. This film is based on Rakesh Sharma’s play “Ranga Police”

Abdul Majid & Bina Devi

Abdul Majid & Bina Devi

Fact 2

Jahnu Barua’s  “Halodhia Choraye Baw Dhan Khai (1987)” is the first Swarna Kamal winning Assamese Film.

The Catastrophe

The Catastrophe 

Fact 3

A. Sreekar Prasad is the only film editor, who has won Best Editor award for Assamese film in 1996.

A. Sreekar Prasad

A. Sreekar Prasad 

Fact 4

“Maniram Dewan” is the first National award winning Assamese film in the “Best Regional Film” category in 1963. The film was directed by Sarbeswar Chakravorty.

A scene from "Maniram Dewan"

A scene from “Maniram Dewan” 

Fact 5

Malaya Goswami is the first Assamese lady who received the national award for best actress in 1991. She won the award for the film “Firingoti” directed by Jahnu Barua.

Malaya Goswami

Malaya Goswami 

Fact 6

Aideu Handique is the first Assamese film actress. She starred in Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s “Joymoti (1935)”.

A scene from the "Joymoti"

A scene from the “Joymoti”

Fact 7

“Morichika” is the first Assamese “A” rated film.

Fact 8

Indramaloti (1939) is the second and last film of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

A still from "Indramaloti"

A still from “Indramaloti” 

Fact 9

“Ito Sito Bahuto” is the first full length Assamese Comedy film.

Fact 10

“Era Bator Sur” is the first film directed by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, which was an autobiography of him.

The movie poster of "Era Bator Sur"

The movie poster of “Era Bator Sur”

Fact 11

“Puberun” is the first Assamese film screened in an International Film Festival. This film was directed by Prabhat Mukherjee.

A scene from "Puberun"

A scene from “Puberun” 

Fact 12

The first Assamese film “Joymoti” was released on 10 March, 1935 at the Raonak Theatre, and was inaugurated by the famous Assamese writer Lakshminath Bezbaruah.

A scene from "Joymoti"

A scene from “Joymoti” 

Fact 13

Joymoti (1935) was able to collect only INR 24,000 from its screenings, less than half its budget of INR 50,000(at that time).

Fact 14

Chitraban was the first Assamese film studio at the Bholaguri Tea Estate, set up by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala in 1933.

An old photograph of "Chitraban"

An old photograph of “Chitraban” 

Fact 15

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika is the one and only Dada Saheb Phalke awardee from Assam. He won the award in 1992.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

 

*All photographs are collected from internet

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Abhijit Roy

Student of Film Editing at RGFTI. Co-founder of Creativica.

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