National Award-winning Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua has been chosen for this year’s Padma Bhushan award on Sunday for his contribution to the field of art. Earlier in 2003, he was given the Padma Shri for his contribution to cinema.
His film Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe) won the National Award for the Best Film (Golden Lotus) in 1988 and several international recognitions including the Silver Leopard and World Ecumenical Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, Best Film at Amien International Film Festival, and Best of Asia at Tokyo International Film Festival. Another film of his Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It’s a Long Way to the Sea) has won the National Award for the Best Director (Golden Lotus) in 1995, and 15 international awards including World Peace Prize at Chicago International Film Festival, and Best Director at the International Film Festival of Independent Film Makers at Brussels.
Incidentally, the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa also had shown a retrospective of eight films of this acclaimed film maker.