Eminent Assamese filmmaker Munin Barua breathed his last at his Kahilipara residence in Guwahati today. He was 71. The award-winning filmmaker died of old-age ailments at 1:55am.

The eminent movie director had directed a number of super hit Assamese movies, including ‘Pita Putro’, ‘Hiya Diya Niya’, ‘Nayak’, ‘Kanyadaan’, ‘Dinabandhoo’, ‘Ramdhenu’ etc. He leaves behind his wife Manjula Barua, son Manas and daughter Puja.

Born at Khumtai in Assam’s Golaghat district in 1946, Munin Barua first began his career as a scriptwriter and then went on to assist several directors in the 1970s. He assisted Shiva Prasad Thakur in his films ‘Bowari’, ‘Ghar Sansar’ and ‘Sonmoina’ before making his directorial debut with ‘Pratima’ that he jointly directed with veteran actor Nipon Goswami in 1987.

His movie ‘Hiya Diya Niya’ was a trend-setting blockbuster, one that cemented his place among the all-time greatest film directors of Assam. ‘Dinabandhoo’ which he directed in 2004 won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese.

A screen grab from the movie ‘Hiya Diya Niya’

He directed ‘Ramdhenu’, produced by Pride East Entertainments Pvt. Limited, in 2011 that also turned out to be another big hit. His last movie was ‘Priyar Priyo’ which was released last year.

His death has cast a pall of gloom with people associated with the Assamese film industry and his fans terming his demise a great loss to the State.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed grief at Munin Barua’s passing away and expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family members.

“Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of renowned filmmaker Munin Barua. My heartfelt condolence to his bereaved family members and scores of fans. His enormous contributions towards the Assamese film industry will be remembered forever,” Chief Minister Sonowal tweeted.

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