Guwahati : Noted Assamese actor Biju Phukan is no more. He dies at Apollo Hospital in Guwahati on Wednesday evening following cardiac ailments, family members said. He was 70.
According to the reports, the popular Assamese film and theater actor was admitted at the private hospital on Wednesday evening at around 4-30 pm with breathing difficulty and passed away at around 6-15 pm.
The hero of the Assamese film industry in a career spanning over 55 years was born on February 18, 1947 in upper Assam’s oil rich district Dibrugarh.
The award winning actor started his film career with Brajen Baruah’s film Dr Bezbarua in 1970.
He was appeared as a hero with Samarendra Narayan Dev’s Aranya in 1971, which was adjudged best regional film at the National Film Awards.
He acted over 80 Assamese, Bengali and hindi movies in his career and Baruar Songshar, Lalita, Bonoriya Phool, Momota, Brishti, Ajoli Nobou, Upapath, Itihaas, Bowari, Aparoopa, Ghar Sangshar, Devi, Agnisnaan, Bohagor Duporiya, Mon Mandir, Anthony Mur Naam, Maa, Papori, Pita-Putra, Pahari Kanya, Agnisakshi, Barood, Rong, Rowd, Khandob Daah, Dur are some his popular movies.
He also acted four Bengali film named Hotel Showfox, Aparajita, Doishyu Ratnakar, Gajamukta and a bollywood film Ananda Ashram directed by Shakti Samanta and released in 1977.
Meanwhile, Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi condoled the death of popular Assamese actor Biju Phukan who breathed his last.
“I am deeply saddened by his death who hugely contributed to popularise Assamese cinema. With his death a void will be created which will be hard to be filled. I extend my condolences to the bereaved family and his fans. May his soul rest in peace,” Prof Mukhi said.
On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal mourned the demise of veteran actor.
“I am grieved and saddened by the sudden demise of Biju Phukan who is largely responsible for promoting Assamese film industry and brought it to the present status”. His contributions will be remembered by posterity. Biju Phukan enriched Assmese cinema with his immortal roles in the films like Dr. Bezbaruah, Ajoli Nobou, Boari, Ghar-Sansar, Devi, Agni-Snan, Pita-Putra so on and so forth. His death is an irreparable loss to the society. He also empathised with the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul,” Sonowal said.
Sonowal who is on an official tour to Upper Assam has asked his Media Adviser Hrishikesh Goswami to rush to late Biju Phukan’s house and be with the family at this difficult time.
He also talked over phone and expressed his empathy with the bereaved family members.
Sonowal asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia to take steps to complete his last rites with full state honour.
All Assam Students Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), BJP’s Assam unit, Assam Pradesh Congress, AIUDF and several organizations had condoled the death of the popular Assamse actor.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)