We have seen some very successful forays into politics by renowned artists from the world of culture. People like NT Rama Rao, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, MG Ramachandran, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, today’s Jayalalitha, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs like late Sunil Dutt, Shabana Azmi, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Rekha, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Smriti Irani, among others have journeyed to the very top of politics.
Two famous artists who made a successful entry into politics from culture are Bishnu Rabha and Lakhyadhar Choudhury, admired by many for their intellect and convictions. Dr Bhupen Hazarika became an Independent member of Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1972. But despite making a mark with some radical initiatives, including the setting up of the Jyoti Chitraban Studio named after Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, he wasn’t quite happy with the overall progress being made in the State. Off late, there have been a lot people from culture coming over to join the BJP at the national level. Assam is no different. The latest to join the party is the National Award-winning filmmaker Hiren Bora. Born and brought up in Holeshwar in Tezpur district, Bora has been involved in various socio-cultural activities of the area. He has always been ardent about giving back to his hometown, which he holds with deep love and pride. With a steadfast resolve to work for society, he has joined the BJP with the intention of contesting the upcoming assembly elections from the historic Tezpur constituency. He hopes to make the historic tourist town better and cleaner. Besides that, he is keen to revitalize and turn Kolaguru Bishnu Rabha’s home into a museum for posterity and attractively develop Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s Poki. Bora is also keen to bring up some sweeping measures to solve various problems plaguing the Assamese film industry now.
Hiren Bora is currently developing an anti-war movie, projecting the trauma, hardships and tribulations experienced by the people of Tezpur during the Indo-China war of 1962. Bora who bagged the Rajat Kamal for best Assamese film for his debut movie ‘Basundhara’, is planning to release his new film ‘Khyubh’ at the theatres soon.