Sailadhar Baruah was an Assamese film producer. He was also known as a sportsman and cultural activist. He is the producer of Assamese movies – Papori, Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (1988), Firingoti (1991), Xagoroloi Bohudoor (1995), Kushal (1998), Pokhi (1998), Konikar Ramdhenu (2003) and Tora (2004). He was unmarried and lived at Guwahati. He is known as the producer of many critically well-acclaimed movies, which have been shown at many international film festivals as well. His movies have won several National and international awards also. He commissioned a programme for Doordarshan titled Shruti Madhur in 2005.
Sailadhar Baruah was born on December, 1941 at North Guwahati, Assam. He was born in in one of Assam's oldest business houses. None of his siblings were given special treatment and their father Padmadhar Barua taught his kids that nothing comes easy in the world. Baruah did his schooling from Cotton Collegiate Higher Secondary School. Later he got graduated from Pragjyotish College at Guwahati. He got engaged with family business after studies and was interested in sports as well, especially cricket and football. He was member of the Guwahati Sports Association. But his health restricted him from becoming a sportsman and later he got associated with cinema.
He has been a long associative of critically acclaimed director Jahnu Barua. Together they have contributed many notable movies to Assamese cinema. The association of Sailadhar Barua and Jahnu Barua is much-revered one in the Assamese film circle and has also created ripples in world cinema. their first meeting happened when Jahnu was undergoing treatment in the Gauhati Medical College and Baruah paid him a visit. Halodhia Choraiye Baw Dhan Khaye – is their record breaking movie.
He is the co-founder of Kristhi Vikas Sangha, a socio-cultural club. He was also the founder chairman and director of the Assam Institute of Mass Communications and Research. He died on January 10, 2010 at Guwahati.
Updated: March 04, 2014