GUWAHATI, Dec 12 - The eightieth year of Assamese cinema was celebrated here today with the launch of a coffee-table book in presence of a large number of stars and superstars of Assamese cinema, besides prominent citizens of the State.
The 167-page book titled Assamese Cinema: 80 Years, was released by eminent film-maker Jahnu Barua, poet and litterateur Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury and celebrated actress Moloya Goswami. Brought out by Guwahati-based publishing house Wordweaves India, the book has been edited by author and television talk-show host Wasbir Hussain and writer Maini Mahanta. The book�s foreword is by Jahnu Barua.
Talking about the book, Wasbir Hussain said: �The book is not a history of Assamese cinema, but a document that attempts at recording Assamese cinema�s growth and transformation with a set of photographs and posters, old and new.�
In fact, the twelve chapters in the book, authored by some leading film critics and people directly connected with the film industry, take the readers through a long journey that began in 1935 with the iconic Jyotiprasad Agarwala making the first Assamese film Joymoti. The contributors to the book include award-winning critic and film-maker Utpal Borpujari, celebrated singer Tarali Sharma, film-critic Manoj Borpujari, film-journalist Arun Lochan Das, film enthusiast Swapnanil Baruah, actor Kopil Bora and others.
The launch function was attended by industry big-wigs like Biju Phukan, Nipon Goswami, Jatin Bora, Adil Hussain, Barasha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Kopil Bora, besides a host of other dignitaries.