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aka The Forest 1989 108’ col Assamese d Jahnu Barua pc Purbanchal Film Co-op s Sushil Goswami c Anoop Jotwani m Satya Barua, Prasanta Bordoloi lp Mridula Barua, Sushil Goswami, Bishnu Kharghoria, Golap Datta, Lakshmi Sinha, Munim Sharma, Jyoti Bhattacharya, Shasanka Debo Phukan

With this ecological drama, Assam’s leading director Jahnu Barua continues exploring the conflict between corrupt state politics and a determined individual (cf. Halodiya Choraye Baodhan Khaye, 1987). The forest ranger (Goswami) confronts illegal timber merchants and contractors on behalf of impoverished tribals. The honest ranger’s activities get him into trouble and he is constantly transferred from one post to another, to the annoyance of his wife who wants him to settle down and look after their ailing child. Eventually she supports her husband’s fight and the tribals realise they need weapons to defend themselves against rapacious outsiders. The film’s simple plot is interrupted by long didactic speeches.