Mahesh Bhatt, is set to pen the biopic — based on the passionate 40-year-long relationship between legendary Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who will direct it.
Entitled ‘Dhumuha: The Storm’, jointly written by Lajmi and Bhatt, the film will be produced by Pooja Bhatt.
A multi-faceted genius, Hazarika was a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker. He pioneered Assam’s film industry and has been hailed as the uncrowned king of the northeast’s cultural world.
Hazarika died in 2011. He was 85.
He has received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975. Recipient of Padmashri (1997), and Padmabhushan (2001), Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India’s highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2012.
A Pune-based NGO Sarhad, in honored of the great legend, has announced the annual Bhupen Hazarika National Award. Acclaimed Assamese filmmaker, Padma Shri awardee and nine-time National award winner Jahnu Barua was conferred as the 1st recipient of the Award last year.