Padum Barua is dead

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 25.07.06

Guwahati, July 25: He had made only one film in his entire lifetime ? Ganga Siloner Pakhi ? but one that made him a legend.

When Padum Barua passed away today at his residence, his peers and successors bade him a grand farewell, proving how immensely he was loved and revered by the film fraternity.

The filmmaker, who introduced ?realistic cinema? to Assamese films through his path-breaking film in the mid-seventies, was bed-ridden for the past three years. He was 82. He is survived by his wife Khiroda and three sons.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi was among the first few to express his condolences on the death of the filmmaker.

?The genius never got his due,? said Gautam Bora, a national award-winning filmmaker.

?What Satyajit Ray did with Pather Panchali for Indian cinema ? taking it to international audiences ? Baruah did the same for Assamese films ? bringing a new language to the screen,? he added.

?The saddest part is Barua could not make a second film for want of funds,? filmmaker Jahnu Baruah said. ?What he did with one film is hard to achieve for many filmmakers even after 10 films. All students of cinema should watch the film.?