Ranjeev Baruah, Prabodh Das, Alak Adhikary and I-- all are the executive members of the Guwahati Cine Club decided to meet Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Taking an appointment from he one evening we went to his residendence at Nizarapar. He asked us to meet him at 7 pm. That evening we stayed with him for about one and half hours. During this period of time we only talked on Guwahati Cine club. While talking on this organization he became nostalgic. There was Apurba Das with him, who was a special co-singer of Bhupen Hazrika. We could learn so many unknown things from the pioneer of the Guwahati Cine Club. Bhupenda, along with the established secretary of the club Apurba Das talked on the incidents that occurred 41 years back.
Before entering in the film line, Satyajit Ray first came into close contact of Film Association. It was then he learnt the basic preliminary things of film. Only after this he tried his hand in film making. Bhupen Hazarika acted in the film “Indramalati”, directed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwal, as a child artist in the year 1939. Child Bhupen Hazarika also sang a song of Jyoti Prasad Agarwal. He became very familiar and known film personality even at that time also; particularly he gained popularity in the field of singing. It was the inspiration of the greatest film personality of that time, Jyoti Prasad that he could able to make films like “Era Batar Sur” (1956), “Shakuntala” (1961), “Pratiddhani” (1965) and “Latighati” (1966). In the same year, i.e. in 1966 on 26th April under the leadership oh Bhupen Hazarika Guwahati Cine Club was established. By that time he had to visit Kolkata very frequently where the revolution of Film Association started already. He observed all these very keenly. Kolkata Cine Club was established in 1947; Satyajit Ray, Chidananda Dasgupta were among the pioneers. It was then Bhupen Hazarika felt that there should be a Cine Club at Guwahati also. He brought his desire come true but as he was very busy with his film and music projects, so he could not spare much time to the club. In the first executive meeting of the Guwahati Cine Club prominent scholars of Assam like Dr. Birendra Kemar Bhattacharya, Dr. Nirmal Prabha Bardaloi, Atulananda Goswami participated. In the “Sundarar Na-Diganta” a book published in 1967 Hazarika in his article “Chalachitra Sangha Andolanar Uddeshya Ki” wrote the mottos of the film associations. He wrote the mottos should include pursuing the film maker to make films keeping in view of scientific, ultural education for the mass. The film should create desire in the society to learn more. He mentioned here the need of making scientific, educational, cultural movies and to create awareness of making a film with all these values. With these mottos Hazarika worked for the well being of the Guwahati Cine Club. The citizen of Guwahati could able to taste the various interesting movies made different part of the world through the Cine Club. Apart from this the club has organized various symposiums, seminar on cinema besides publishing some valuable books on Cinema. Even it arranged some special classes and workshops for the students of Cinema. We must appreciate Dr. Hazarika for wherever he did for the Cine Club of Guwahati. If he did not have established the Cine Club the development of assamese Cinema would not have reached the position that we see today. He too expressed that through the Cine Club he got a chance to gather knowledge on cinema by observing the trend of world cinema. He also admitted that after Jyotiprasad Agarwal, thorough Guwahati Cine Club he could have much ideas on world cinema and with these inspiration he started his active work in film line.
After the establishment of the Guwahati Cine Club he made “Chil Mik Bijulee” in 1969. In 1979 he made “Man Prajapati” and in 1988 “Shiraj” was made. It is noteworthy that Hazarikas most appreciable works for Assamese film industry is his “Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Aaru Jaymati”. It is very unfortunate that the most of the parts of the prints of the first and second films of Assamese Cinema are become useless. Dr. Hazarika collected the still active prints of both of the films and decieded to make an indifferent movie. Apart from the prints he mingled the story of revolutionary lifestyle of Jyotiprasad Agarwal and made “Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Aaru Jaymati”. Once during conversation he told us “There is no creativity in the films I have made all ready. I have made all these only because of my economic gain. But I have plan to make a really good film. Still I have this desire in my mind.” To sum up this article I would like to quote Dr. Hazarika’s feeling on the mottos of the Cine Association. In his article mentioned above Hazarika put the question—“What is the motto of the Chalachitra Sangha Andolan (Revolution of the Cine Association)”. He said here “The member of the Cine Club (of Guwahati) should remember the mentality of the British archives curator Ernest Lindgreen. … Not only in our country, the Cine association of all over the world survive even in a very critical atmosphere of the human society. This proves that the viewers of a movie are not mere spectators; they are the sentinels of this powerful form of art. …It is worth mentioning that the Cine Club of Guwahati is a non political, non profitable and self financed organization. The activities of this club are performed by the timely donation of the club members. It was established with the capital of heartiest co operation of the people. The cine lovers and the scholars, who too think like Eisenstein that the cinema is something of every art should take the responsibility to look after the development of this organisation.