Jahnu Barua

17.10.1952, Gauhati, Assam, India


Director, screenwriter, producer and editor who graduated from Guwahati University, and then finished postgraduate studies in film directing at the Film and Television Institute of India. He made his first films during the mid-1970s. At first they were short and documentary films, and he directed his first feature length film Aparoopa in 1982. This melodrama is thematically placed in the place of his birth, Assam, as well as his following films which deal with social issues. This was followed by drama Papori (1986) and Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe, 1987) which brought him a Silver leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1988, and a National Film Award for best film in India in the same year. Occasionally he directed television films and series. Addressing problems in local communities, in his film Banani (The Forest, 1989) he deals with the topic of illegal deforestation, and talks of education in Firingoti (The Spark, 1992). Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It's a Long Way to the Sea, 1995) brought him a Golden Lotus, a National Film Award in 1995. After this he filmed Kukhal (The Price of Freedom, 1999), Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride on the Rainbow, 2003) and Tora (Tora's Love, 2005), followed by his first film in Hindi Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005). In 2007 he directed Har Pal which never made it to the market, due to certain problems. After taking part in omnibus of Indian directors Mumbai Cutting (2011), he filmed Baandhon (Waves of Silence, 2012).


Films by this director

Ride on the Rainbow

(Konikar Ramdhenu, 2003.)

Directed by: Jahnu Barua

Eleven-year-old boy Kukoi runs away from his alcoholic stepfather in pursuit of work and happiness in the city. An owner of a car repair shop takes him in, offering food and board as pay. One evening he tries to assault him sexually, and Kukoi accidentally kills him in self defence. The shocked boy is arrested and sentenced to prison for minors. A prison warden gains his trust and finds out what happened…

asam, 35 mm, color, 112 min
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