Born in Assam, North-Eastern India, Manju Borah’s films explore the region’s culture and its impact on the person and society as a whole.
Her first feature film Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) was released in 1999. The film was awarded the Jury’s ‘Special Mention’ in the 47th National Film Festival, 2000 and was named the Best film in Asia at the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2000. She was also the recipient of the Gollapudi Srinivas Award for Best Debut Director in 1999.
Then followed Anya Ek Yatra in 2001 and Aakashitorar Kothare (A Tale Told Thousand Times) in 2003. Aakashitorar Kothare won the National award for Best Regional Feature Film and the National award for Best Female Playback Singer for its music director, Tarali Sarma. It also received the State award for Best Director as well as the Audience Award at the Dhaka International Film Festival in 2004.
Her following films Laaz (Shame), 2004 and Joymati (The Saviour), 2006 were both selected for the Indian Panorama in IFFI and other National & International festivals.
Her 2008 film Aai Kot Nai (Ma) was awarded the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 56th National Film Awards.
Ko:yad (A Silent Way) is her first in a language other than Assamese (Mising). The film received National Awards for Best Mising Film and Best Cinematography in 60th National Film Awards, 2012 and selected in Indian Panorama of the 44th International Film Festival of India, 2013. The film has been awarded Best Director and Best Actor Awards in 2nd Ladakh International Film Festival 2013, Silver Gateway of India Special Jury Award in 15th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) 2013 and Best Film Award in 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 2013.
Her latest film is Dau Huduni Methai (Song of The Horned Owl) in Bodo language.
She holds various positions at different cine organizations. She is a Non-official member of General Body Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Society, Working President of the Cine Art Society Assam and has served as a member of the Governing Council of Satyajit Ray Film & Television institute (SRFTI), Non-official Member of Programme Advisory Committee All India Radio & DDK Guwahati, Chairman of Joint Advisory Committee Eastern India Motion Picture Association (EIMPA) and as a member of the script panel of National Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC) amongst others.
She has served as Jury Member, Indian Panorama in the year 2007 and 2011, 10th MAMI International Film Festival 2008, 3rd Eye 7th Asian Film Festival Mumbai 2008, 55th National Film Awards for 2007, Chairperson of the Jury, OSCAR Screening Committee 2012, Film Federation of India and as Chairperson of the Jury, North Zone & Jury Member of the Central Panel, National Film Awards, 2013.
She is a recipient of a Senior Fellowship from the Central Ministry of Culture for the years 2005 to 2007 on her work associated with Women folklore of Assam.
She has been awarded the Women of Excellence Award by FICCI for her outstanding contribution to the field of Film & Entrepreneurship in the year 2009 and the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award given by the Asian Film Foundation for the year 2012 for working to spread film culture in India as a life time mission.
Filmography: 1. Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) 1999
2. Anya Ek Yatra 2001
3. Aakashitorar Kothare… (A Tale Told Thousand Times) 2003
4. Laaz (Shame) 2004
5. Joymati (The Saviour) 2006
6. Aai Kot Nai (MA) 2008
7. KO:YAD (A Silent Way) 2012
8. Dau Huduni Methai 2015