Santwana Bordoloi is a director, actress and radio host, besides being a paediatrician from Assam, India. Both of her directorial ventures- Adajya (1996) and Maj Raati Keteki (2017), set two decades apart, have won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese. Santwana Bordoloi started her career as an actor. She has also acted in the popular TV series serial “Tejal Ghora”. The series was directed by Kulada Kumar Bhattacharya, a retold director.
Biography of Santwana Bordoloi
|Date of Birth||1949/1950|
|Place of Birth||Guwahati, Assam|
Early life and career of Santwana Bordoloi
Santwana Bordoloi is a popular Indian actress and radio host, besides being a pediatrician. She was born on 1949/1950 at Guwahati Assam, India.
Dr. Santwana Bordoloi is a paediatrician by profession and works at Dispur hospital. In 1996, she made her directorial debut at the age of 48 with Adajya (The Flight). The film is based on Indira Goswami’s (Mamoni Raisom Goswami’s) novel, Dantal Hatir Uye Khwa Howda (The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker), and won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese, and was also screened at various international film festivals. She took just about a month to take make the film around, while juggling her medical clinic on the slide. Dr. Santwana Bordoloi’s main occupation was paediatrician, but later she became a film director. Bordoloi’s first film Adajya has managed to make a distinct place and appear in almost every household in Assam.
Dr. Santwana Bordoloi is well known in her home state of Assam. She is one of the senior paediatricians practicing in Guwahati. Her first Assamese directorial venture “Adajya”, was created in 1996. It received high praise as well as Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus, Best Assamese Feature Film) of 1996. Moreover the film was also selected in the Indian Panorama and was invited to many international film festivals around the world. Based on Indira Goswami’s novel Dantal Hatir Uye Khwa Howda (The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker) she took her decision to make her first film in a state of strange coincidence. She was a regular visitor to IFFI, and she says all those pictures inspired her. “I have been involved in performing arts like radio drama and television shorts, sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a director. Filmmaking was automatically a graduate process from there. At that time, I had read Indira Swami’s book and I had to make an interview idea. Her second film is “Maj Raati Keteki.”
The two-decade gap in her films gave her critics the space to criticize her and call her a “one-film wonder”. However she came up with her second film “Maj Raati Keteki” in 2017. Her second film Maj Rati Keteki also won an award for Best Assamese Feature Film at the 2017 National Awards. Film star Adil Hussain won Nargis Dutta Award at the 64th National Film Awards for acting in this film. It should be pure when a picture based on a novel appears on the screen like the page of a book. This rare quality of literature, often in the swamps by the beautiful panorama carried by cinema, can be seen in Santwana Bordoloi’s rich film of Assamese cinema in Maj Rati Keteki.
Also Read: Biography of Adil Hussain
Awards and honors
- International Fipresky Award (2005)
- International Fipresky Award (1996)
- Kodak Vision Award
- Padma Shri Award (2003)
- Kamal Kumari National Award (on Culture, 2004)
- Bhupen Hazarika Award (2012)
- Padma Bhushan (2015)
1. When and where was Dr. Santwana Bordoloi born?
Ans: Dr Santwana Bordoloi was born on 1949/1950 at Guwahati Assam, India.
2. Who is Santwana Bordoloi?
Ans: Santwana Bordoloi is a director, actress and radio host, besides being a paediatrician from Assam, India.
3. When did Santwana Bordoloi won Padma Shri Award?
Ans: In 2003, she was awarded with Padma Shri Award.
4. Name her two best directorial films for which she won National Awards.
Ans: Santwana Bordoloi’s two best directorial ventures are Adajya (1996) and Maj Raati Keteki (2017) for which she won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese.
5. From where did Santwana Bordoloi’s film Adajya was taken from?
Ans: Her film Adajya (The Flight) is based on Indira Goswami’s (Mamoni Raisom Goswami’s) novel, Dantal Hatir Uye Khwa Howda (The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker),
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