STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, March 18 – Two regional films directed by Assamese filmmakers Jahnu Barua and Manju Borah have won Rajat Kamal honours in the prestigious 60th National Film Awards for the year 2012 that were announced today.
Jahnu Barua (left) and Manju Borah
Ko: Yad (whirlpool), a Mising film produced and directed by Manju Borah has won the Rajat Kamal as best Mising film, whereas Sudhir Palsane have won the Rajat Kamal for best cinematography in the same film.
Baandhon produced by the Assam State Film Corporation and directed by Jahnu Baruah has also won the Rajat Kamal as the best Assamese film.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Jahnu Baruah expressed his happiness on getting the award. “I am also happy for the fact that a film produced by the Assam State Film Finance Corporation has got national recognition, which is a matter of pride and I believe it would encourage the Government to fund good film projects,” he said, making special mention of Bishnu Kharghoria, who got a jury special mention in the national award for his acting for the second time in his career.
Manju Bora told this correspondent that the award carried special significance for her, it was made with a restricted budget. “We in regional cinema here make a film amid a lot of restrictions, especially the monetary one. But when we get such national recognition competing at national level, it brings a lot of pride. I am also happy for the best cinematography award,” she said.