Guwahati : In the 66th National Film Awards announced on August 9th, 2019, three women filmmakers from Assam shone by winning Silver Lotus for their respective feature films. Rima Das’ third feature film “Bulbul Can Sing” has been honoured with the best Assamese Film Award. On the other hand, Manju Borah’s “In The Land of Poison Women” made in the language of Pangchenpa spoken in India-China border and Bobby Sarma Baruah’s “Mishing” made in the language of Sherdukpan also spoken in Arunachal Pradesh won best Film Award in the respective languages.
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Both Films made by Manju Borah and Bobby Sarma Baruah are based on novels written by noted writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi. Moreover, Amborish Roychoudhury’s book titled “In a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office” won jury’s Special Mention in the category of Best Writing on Cinema. Amborish, a Silchar boy, studied in Gauhati Commerce College, as informed by Utpal Borpujari who served as the Chairman of the jury of Best Writing on Cinema Award and who was a Golden Lotus Awardee critic.
It may be mentioned that national award winner Assamese filmmaker Suraj Kumar Duwarah was in the eastern panel for selection of films for the feature film section of the 66th National Film Awards. In this section Jahnu Baruah’s “Bhoga Khirikee” and Bidyut Kotoky’s “Xoixobote Dhemalite” also in the fray for the coveted awards.