film industry. Two important film personalities of the State died
during the period.First it was a senior cine-journalist and author Pabitra Kumar Deka who passed away on January 5 after suffering from a heart attack at the age of 70. On the other hand, eminent film producer Sailadhar Baruah breathed his last on January 10 at the age of 69.The name of Sailadhar Baruah was synonymous with the distinguished Assamese film director of international repute Jahnu Barua. The two acclaimed film makers had given some excellent and award wining movies like ‘Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai’, ‘Firingoti’, ‘Kukhal Konwar,’ ‘Papori’, ‘Konikar Ramdhenu’, ‘Pokhi’, ‘Tora’ etc.Sailadhar Baruah was associated with sports and theatre activities since his early years. Later his association with Jahnu brought laurels to Assam. Their films have won national awards (best movie, best director, best actress) to international recognition from Locarno film festival and Tokyo festival.Died as a bachelor Sailadhar Baruah served the Assam Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Guwahati as its director till his demise.On the other hand, Pabitra Kumar Deka was recognized as the dictionary of Assamese cinema and theatre. Closely associated with Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Deka made his immense contribution to the cine-journalism of the State and also film & theatre word as a script writer and playwright. Deka continued writing for many newspapers on cinema, theatre and television world till his demise.
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