Against odds

Print edition : October 18, 2013

Jahnu Barua, to whom the cinema of Assam is greatly indebted. Photo: The Hindu;THE HINDU

Manju Bora, a successful and prolific film-maker, was originally a writer. Photo: V_V_Krishnan

From Jahnu Barua's 1991 film "Firingoti" (The Spark). Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Bhupen Hazarika, one of India's finest film musicians. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A look at the film history of Assam reveals a pathetic tale of struggle for survival in a market-driven situation.
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