Filmmaker passes away

Assamese filmmaker Jones Mahalia died at a private hospital here at 6pm today. He was 69.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 6.02.16
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Guwahati: Feb. 5: Assamese filmmaker Jones Mahalia died at a private hospital here at 6pm today. He was 69.

Mahalia was admitted to the hospital on January 25 as he was suffering from kidney problems. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Born at Sengamari village in central Assam's Sonitpur district, Mahalia graduated from Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati. In 1971, he got a diploma from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, in film direction.

In 1973, Mahalia married actress Rita Mahalia.

After returning from Pune, Mahalia started a business in Tezpur town. Later, he made Duronir Rong (1979), where he was both the producer and the director.

In 1984, Mahalia made his second film Bohagor Duporiy. His third film, released in 1991, was in Bodo. After a long gap, Mahalia made Jugantoror Tejal Puwa in 2000. The film was shot in Nepal and known to be the first Assamese film to be shot in a foreign land.

Mahalia's last film Mahaxomor (2013) was based on deforestation.

Besides cinema, Mahalia made around nine documentaries and television serials. Some of his television serials were Onek Phulor Hurobhi, Kalrotna, Xurongor Majere, Operation Drugs and Ghat Protighat.