Jahnu Barua - an Assamese film-maker

Jahnu Barua (born - 1952)
Jahnu Barua is an Assamese film-maker known internationally for his films like Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara, Xagoroloi Bohu Dur and Halodhiya Choraye Baodhan Khai. A recipient of the Padma Shri award, Barua has won nine national awards (till 2012) for his films. He is known for making films with strong social messages.

Barua hails from Bakata, Sibsagar in Assam. He was born in October 17, 1952 and was brought up along with his seven brothers and three sisters by his father Debeswar Barua and Mother Gunabati Barua. Barua did his post-graduation diploma in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune after completing his graduation from B. Barooah College in Guwahati. He is married to Gayatri Barua who is also a filmmaker and they have a son named Oju.

Barua started his career as an Assistant Director to Aruna-Vikas in Mumbai for the film 'Shaque' and directed many short films before moving in to direct full length commercial films. Later he worked as a television producer in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and made several educational television science programmes.

He has served as Jury Member/Chairperson in many national and international film festivals.


Jahnu Barua has so far made 12 feature films - Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara (I did not kill Gandhi), Papori, Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride on the rainbow), Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It's a long way to the sea), Aparoopa, Tora, Apeksha, Pokhi (And the river flows), Kuhkhal (Price of freedom), Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The catastrophe), Banani (The forest) and Firingoti (Spark).


Jahnu Barua has been conferred PADMA SHRI by the President of India in 2003, and Kamal Kumari National Award for Culture in 2004. He has received National Film Awards in 1983, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2003. In 2012 he has received the Bhupen Hazarika National Award. He has also received many prestigious international awards like Getz World Peace Prize, Kodak Vision Award, International Fipresci Award etc.


"The first film my parents saw was the film I made." - Jahnu Barua