Padma Bhu­san for con­tri­bu­tion to films and so­ci­ety, says Barua

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUMBAI: Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee pre­sented the Padma Bhushan to na­tional award win­ning As­samese film maker Jahnu Barua dur­ing the Padma Awards func­tion at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van in New Delhi on Wed­nes­day. Barua is a res­i­dent of San­pada in Navi Mumbai.

Barua, 62, has made as many as 13 As­samese films and two Hindi films, which have been ac­claimed both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. His Hindi film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara that up­holds the Gand­hian val­ues, is said to be one of the most crit­i­cally-ac­claimed films in In­dian cinema.

Apart from mak­ing films, Barua has also been in­volved in var­i­ous so­cio-cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for the past two decades. The vet­eran direc­tor feels that he has been pre­sented with this hon­our for his con­tri­bu­tion to the field of art and to the bet­ter­ment of the so­ci­ety at large.

“Films are a very strong medi- um. It can cre­ate a so­ci­ety as well as ruin a so­ci­ety. For the younger gen­er­a­tion to­day, films mean only en­ter­tain­ment. How­ever, a film may have sev­eral other pur­poses apart from en­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence. As a film­maker, I al­ways to try to up­hold the cause of hu­man­ity,” he said.

For mak­ing the youth aware of the burning so­cial is­sues, Barua had launched a cam­paign in the North­east around 10 years ago and has been or­gan­is­ing var­i­ous film fes­ti­vals and doc­u­men­tary screen­ings since. So far, he has or­gan­ised around 44 fes­ti­vals in dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges.

Barua started his ca­reer with his As­samese film Apa­roopa in 1982. Af­ter two years, he pro­duced and di­rected his first Hindi film Apeksha, which was a great suc­cess. There has been no look­ing back since then. Barua has won 10 Na­tional Awards so far. He re­ceived the Padma Shri hon­our in 2003.

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Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee presents the Padma Bhushan to Jahnu Barua at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van in New Delhi on Wed­nes­day.

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