However despite the long history of Assamese cinema and its artistic successes, their talented actresses are to be credited at a large extent. Assamese cinema has never really managed to make the breach on the national screen despite its film industry marking a benchmark in the National Awards over the years. Although the beginning of the 21st century has seen Bollywood styles, Assamese movies have its distinctive trend on screen. Assamese film is significantly overshadowed by larger industries like Bollywood.
Actresses of Assamese Films
Assamese cinema has witnessed the skills and contributions of many women who played a significant part in carrying forward the legacy of the industry. Starting from yesteryear actresses to modern ones, every female actor is a name to exemplify with Assamese cinema and its distinct style.
Jamuna Baruah ruled the world of Assamese cinema for decades and was a leading Assamese Film Actress. She hailed from Gauripur of Assam's Goalpara district and was married to the legendary actor director Pramathesh Barua, or P. C. Barua, who died in 1950. Jamuna Baruah began her acting career in her husband's famous production 'Devdas' in 1936 and played the film's lead character of Parvati or Paro. Jamuna Baruah further went on to make a number of unforgettable movies in Assamese, Bengali and Hindi, notably "Amiri", "Adhikar", "Mukti" and "Sesh Uttar". She stopped acting after the death of her husband.
Chetana Das is an Assamese Film Actress and had earned huge fame in 1970s and 1980s. Her debut film was "Titash Ekti Nadir Naam", released in 1973. Other films acted by Chetana Das include "Banoria Phul", "Abhijaan", "Shurjo Grahan", "Kallol", "Debdas", "Indira" and others.
Bindiya Goswami was a Bollywood actress and acted in Hindi films from the late 1970s to early 1980s. Bindiya started acting when she was just fourteen years old. She met superstar Hema Malini's mother at a party who recommended her to film producers. Her debut Hindi film was "Jeevan Jyothi", opposite Vijay Arora. Bindiya soon became a success starring for director Basu Chatterjee in "Khatta Meetha" (1977) and "Prem Vivah" (1979). However, the best performance of this actress was in the film "Golmaal" (1979) by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Soon, she worked in the big-budget film "Shaan" (1980). She is also a well known costume designer and designed costumes for female stars such as Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor for her husband J. P. Dutta's films, such as "Border" (1997), "Refugee" (2000) and "LOC Kargil" (2003).
Rashmi Desai is an Assamese actress who also worked in Hindi, Bengali, Manipuri and Bhojpuri movies. Her credits include the Assamese movie "Kanyadaan", opposite Jatin Bora and the Bhojpuri movie "Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar", opposite Ravi Kishan. Her Hindi debut was "Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke", alongside Raveena Tandon. She played the character of 'Mandodari' in Zee TV serial 'Raavan'. She is mostly known for her role of "Tapasya" in "Uttaran" serial on Colors.
Jerifa Wahid, also known as Zerifa Wahid or Zerifa Waheeda was born in Kolkata and is a popular actress of the Assamese Film Industry. Some of her recognized films are "Abhimaan", "Deuta Diya Bidaa", "Agnigarh", "Agnisakshi", "Tumi Mor Matho Mor", "Anya Ek Jaatra", "Ahir Bhairav", "Seuji Dharani Dhunia", "Naayak", "Prem Geet", "Gun Gun Gaane Gaane", "Kadambari", and so on.
Barsha Rani Bishaya
Barsha Rani Bishaya is the debutant of the film "Bukur Major Jole." She acted in a film called Basundhara which won the best feature film in Assamese award in the 57th National Film Awards in 2009. Some of her other films are "Ratnagar", "Khel The Game", "Poley Poley Urey Mon", etc.
She was born in Sonarpur, Assam. She was student of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has done various roles in short films and television series. Some of her famous Assamese films are "TRP Aru", "Kothanodi", etc.
She is an Indian theatre and film actress from Assam. She acted as a lead role for the movie "Amshini" directed by Krishnan Kartha. It made its entry in the Indian Panorama Section of Filmotsav in 1988. Later to that, she got offered her role in "Bandit Queen" that happens to be one of her most notable works. She acted in the Assamese film "Kothanodi" where the name of her role was "Dhoneshwari." She has been spotted in well known Bollywood Films like "Vivah" and "Half Girlfriend".
Other Assamese Film Actresses
Apart from these actresses mentioned above there is a gamut of talented female actors carrying the heritage of Assamese cinema in the modern era. Moloya Goswami, Chetana Das, Gayotra Mahanta, Jharna Salkia, Geetawali Rajkumari, Mridula Boruah, Aimee Borua, Bornali Pujari, Bidya Rao, Purabi Sarma, Bornali Pujari, Prastuti Parashar, Nishita Goswami and Jupitora Bhuyan are some of the popular names in Assamese cinema.