Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Nov 22 - Condolences poured in from cross sections of people including film personalities, politicians and members of different socio-cultural organisations at the demise of Assamese cinema’s most popular actor Biju Phukan here today.
Popular actor Jatin Bora stands beside the body of Biju Phukan who lies in eternal sleep. - UB Photos
Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi while condoling the death of the celebrated actor, said, “I am deeply saddened by his death, who hugely contributed to popularise Assamese cinema. With his death, a void has been created. I extend my condolences to the bereaved family and his fans. May his soul rest in peace.”
Mourning the death of the actor, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I am grieved and saddened by the sudden demise of Biju Phukan who was largely responsible for promoting the Assamese film industry and bringing it to the present status,” adding, “his contributions will be remembered by posterity.”
“Biju Phukan enriched Assamese cinema with his immortal roles in the films like Dr Bezbaruah, Ajoli Nobou, Boari, Ghar-Sansar, Devi, Agni-Snan, Pita-Putra, among others. His death is an irreparable loss to the society,” said Sonowal.
Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “Biju Phukan’s rich legacy towards Assamese cinema and to the society of Assam is irreplaceable and will be ever remembered by the people of the State.”
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) too expressed grief at the passing away of Phukan.
State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass and Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora and AIUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal also expressed shock at the sudden death of the actor. The AGP too condoled Phukan’s death.
Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio chairman Pabitra Margherita and secretary Monita Borgohain also expressed deep sorrow at the loss of the popular Assamese actor and sent their deepest condolences to Biju Phukan’s family.
Bhadra Krishna Goswami, adviser and former president, Asom Satra Mahasabha, several other organisations, including the Lawyers Association, Guwahati, condoled the demise of the noted Assamese actor.