The eightieth year of Assamese cinema was celebrated recently with the launch of a coffee-table book in presence of a large number of stars and superstars of Assamese cinema, besides prominent citizens of the State.
The 167-page book titled ‘Assamese Cinema: 80 Years’, was released by eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua, poet and litterateur Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury and celebrated actress Moloya Goswami. Brought out by Guwahati-based publishing house Wordweaves India, the book has been edited by author and television talk-show host Wasbir Hussain and writer Maini Mahanta. The book’s foreword is by Jahnu Barua.
Talking about the book, Wasbir Hussain said: “The book is not a history of Assamese cinema, but a document that attempts at recording Assamese cinema’s growth and transformation with a set of photographs and posters, old and new.”
Infact, the twelve chapters in the book, authored by some leading film critics and people directly connected with the film industry, take the readers through a long journey that began in 1935 with the iconic Jyotiprasad Agarwala making the first Assamese film ‘Joymoti’. The contributors to the book include award-winning critic and filmmaker Utpal Borpujari, celebrated singer Tarali Sharma, film critic Manoj Borpujari, cine-journalist Arun Lochan Das, film enthusiast Swapnanil Baruah, actor Kopil Bora and others.
The launch function was attended by industry big-wigs like Biju Phukan, Nipon Goswami, Dinesh Das, Jatin Bora, Adil Hussain, Barasha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Kopil Bora, besides a host of other dignitaries.