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Halodhiya Choraye Baodhan khai( The Catastrophe) ( 1987) ,a great assamese film by Jitu Das film reviews

Halodhiya charaye baodhan khay is a very good assamese film is about the same time  Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai by a famous writer Homen Borgohain. The film is known in english as The Catastrophe.  It is a 1987 Assamese film  made by director Jahnu Barua. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1988 and multiple awards at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1988. It was the third full-length feature film made by Barua.
This is a story about poor farmers are the victim of whole society , mostly because of their simple, trusting attitudes towards the rich jamindar of the villages. They are deprived of their own land because of their lack of eduaction, illeteracy. This film shows the world what true  Assamese films are or infact Indian films are should be. The truth is films like The Catastrophe deserves Academy awards for foreign films.But I am not going to blame anyone for that, maybe we are used to not expecting that kind of honour. Anyway, Halodhiya charaye baodhan khay takes you very close to Assamese society, noone except Jahnu Barua did achieve such great filmmaking in Assam or North-east. If you are an assamese or Indian and if you haven't watched Jahnu Barua film, I think you are missing out on some great gems of Indian Cinema. Some of the  Jahnu Barua's great Assamese films are Sagaroloi Bahu dur (1995) , Konikar Ramdhenu(2003), Firingoti ( 1992), Aparoopa( 1982), Baandhon (2012). You should check them out if you get the chance. 

The plot of Halodhiya Choraye  Khai  :


A simple farmer Rakeshwar, who is poor farmer, who has a son and a daughter and a wife. Rakeshwar Bora dreams that his son will become a collector when he grows up, but as day goes by monsson comes just like everyyear he takes "nangal" to farm his land, but this time  the village zamindaar (feudal money lender) comes to him and says that it's his land and restricts Rakeshar for farming the land anymore. But when he asks the zamindaar why can't he farm his own land, the zamindaar say that his father didn't the pay the land mortgage, but as his father was a trusting man, he didn't acquire any reciept for the payment, that is where the Zamindaar plays the sly role and Rakeshwar  becomes the victim of a greedy landowner.  Bora (Indra Bania) is forced to give up the farm his father had paid for .He loses his livestock  to buy liqur as a bribe to land registration office and  Rakeshwar's dreams shatters down when he had to send his young son to work as a slave to the villainous landlord. The ultimate humilation to Rakeshwar Bora comes , when for money he had post the poster of the Zamindaar running for election.
 Indra Bania as a Rakeshwar Bora was a excellent, he was awarded the Silver Leopard Best Actor’s award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Directed by                          Jahnu Barua

Produced by                        Sailadhar Baruah

Starring                                Indra Bania, Badal Das, Purnima Pathak,       

                                             Pranjal Saikia, Tara

Music by                              Satya Baruah

Cinematography                  Anoop Jotwani

Edited by                               Heu-en Barua

Production Company           Dolphin Films Pvt. Ltd

Release dates                      1987

Running time                      120 min


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