One of India’s internationally acclaimed filmmakers Jahnu Barua has been making films in Assamese as well as in Hindi and all his films are nationally and internationally acclaimed apart from being commercially successful. A landmark in Indian Cinema his film The Catastrophe (Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai) won the National Award for the Best Film (Golden Lotus) and several international recognitions including Silver Leopard and World Ecumenical Award at Locarno IFF, Best Film at Amien IFF, and Best of Asia at Tokyo IFF.
Another film of his I did not Kill Gandhi (Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara) that upholds the Gandhian values is one of the most critically acclaimed films in Indian cinema. The film has own several international awards and acclaims including the prestigious International FIPRESCI award at MAMI and Kodak Vision Award at Fukuoka IFF.
Apart from making films Jahnu Barua is actively involved as a social activist in many organizations dealing with youths, women, children, social awareness, health, physically challenged children, juvenile children, environment, wild life, art and culture, peace, film society movement and rural development apart from making films on these issues. He has also been working for more than twenty years on 'why India must have two time zones'.
Twelve time National Award winner, Jahnu Barua was born in Assam. Graduated in Science from Guwahati University he did his Film Direction course from Film & TV Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
His film It’s a Long Way to the Sea (Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door) has won the National Award for Best Director (Golden Lotus), and several international awards including World Peace Prize at Chicago IFF, and Best Director at the International Film Festival of Independent Film Makers at Brussels.
Padma Shri (2003)
Kamal Kumari National Award for Culture (2004)
Tarun Duara Oil India Award (2009)
Bhabendra Nath Saikia Award (2010)
Best Assamese Award (2012)
Bhupen Hazarika Award (2012)
Bhupen Hazarika Kothachobi Ratna (2013)
Hindi Sevi Puraskar (2014)
Doctor of Literature (D. Litt.) (2014)
Padma Bhushan (2015)
His film Waves of Silence (Baandhon), which won the Best Film at the B'lore International Film Festival, and National Award for the Best Regional Film, was the first Indian film to be made on the issue of 26/11. His latest film Invincible (Ajeyo), which is also a National Award winner, is one of the rare films that deal with the impact of independence struggle in rural India.
Since 2008 Jahnu Barua in his capacity as then President of Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA), has been spearheading an educative social campaign through Documentary film festivals and Workshops organized in various institutions, universities and colleges across Assam hugely benefitting the younger generation towards media studies, media awareness and media application.