November 24, 2017

Legendary Actor Biju Phukan No More

A pall of gloom descended over Assam after the sudden demise of Assam's legendary artiste Biju Phukan. The State has lost a true actor and a huge void has been created which will be hard to fill.

A gifted actor with a flair for the dramatic, Phukan acted in over 80 films including some Bengali films during 1970s to 1990s and had given several superhit films to the Assamese film industry. A versatile performer who tackled almost any genre with charm and elan, he was embraced by audiences with a strong fervour.

While Phukan made his debut in the industry with ‘Dr. Bezbaruah’ in 1970, the last film he acted in was ‘Dur’ released in 2016. His first role as the lead actor in ‘Baruar Songshar’ was followed by ‘Aranya’ (1971), which established him as a hero in the industry. ‘Aranya’ was also adjudged the Best Regional Film at the National Film Awards.

Biju Phukan was born in 1948 in Dibrugarh, where he studied in Kanoi College before shifting to Guwahati to start his film career.

His other popular movies include ‘Bonoriya Phool’, ‘Ganesh’, 'Ajoli Nobou', 'Buwari', 'Brishti', ‘Aparoopa’, 'Ghar Sangsar', ‘Agnisnaan’, ‘Bohagor Duporiya’, ‘Pita-Putra’ among others. The first superstar of Assamese films also got behind the camera and his first directorial venture was ‘Bhai Bhai’. His television serial ‘Deuta’ written by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia also became very popular.

The song 'Mon Hira Doi' from the film 'Buwari' which showed him singing it topped the music charts. Nip Baruah directed 'Anthony Mor Naam' in 1986 made the actor a cult figure in Assamese cinema.

Biju Phukan had also acted in four Bengali movies - ‘Hotel Showfox’, ‘Aparajita’, ‘Doishyu Ratnakar’ and ‘Gajamukta’ and was a former jury member of Indian Panorama.

Prantik Deka