Assamese filmmaker Munin Barua died in Guwahati on Saturday at the age of 72. The award-winning director’s credits include Hiya Diya Niya (2000), Nayak (2001), and Dinabandhoo (2004). He is survived by his wife Manjula, son Manas, and daughter Puja.
Born in 1947 in Golaghat district in Assam, Barua set out as a scriptwriter and assistant director in the 1970s on such films as Ghar Sansar, Sonmoina, and Bowari, among others.
He made his directorial debut with Nipon Goswami with the 1987 movie Pratima. He then went on to direct television serials, including Papu Nikur Xongbad, and a telefilm titled Rudra. Popularly known as Bhaimon Da, Barua wrote scripts for at least 21 films in his career.
Barua received the State award for Best Director for his romantic drama Nayak. His film Dinabandhoo also won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese.