National Film Awards for Jahnu Barua, Anuraag Saikia

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Ajeyo – an Assamese feature film directed by renowned filmmaker from Assam, Jahnu Barua has bagged the Rajat Kamal Award at this year’s National Film Awards. Ajeyo is based on Arun Sarma’s novel titled Asirbador Rang. Ajeyo was also adjudged the Best Assamese Film for this year.

Jahnu Barua

Talking about the award, Barua stated that it is not important that he has won yet another award. For him, what is important is that an Assamese film has won an award in the midst of the prevailing bad condition of the Assamese film industry.

Also, Assamese music director Anurag Saikia has won the Best Music Director award in Non-Feature Film category for the documentary film Jugadrasta. Apart from this, the best film award in the Environmental Film Section went to Forest Life. This film is based on the life of Jadav Payeng.

Anuraag Saikia

On the other hand, three other films from North East bagged awards in both feature and non-feature film categories. The best actress award went to Geetanjali Thapa from Sikkim for her brilliant performance in the Hindi film Liar’s Dice. Ri, a Khasi film by Pradip Kurbah, about the complexity of insurgency in Meghalaya, and The Crossing Bridges, a Sherdukpen film by Sangee Dorjee Thongdoh about a man searching for his roots in Arunachal Pradesh, were adjudged winners in the category of best feature film for languages not specified in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.

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