Aideu Handique

Aideu Nilambar Handique (1920 – 17 December 2002)[1] was the first film actress of Assamese cinema. She starred in the film Joymoti (1935) directed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.[2]

Aideu Handique
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Aideu Handique in Joymoti
Pani Dihingia Gaon, Golaghat. Assam, British India
Died17. December 2002 (2002-12-18) (aged 87)
Kamargaon, Golaghat

Personal lifeEdit

Aideu Handique was born on 1920 in Pani Dihingiya, Golaghat, Assam to Nilambar Handique and Malakhi Handique. She remained unmarried because she referred to the co-actor assuming the role of her character's husband as Bongohordeo (Assamese for husband) in the film. Unfortunately, the general public perceived Handique as having violated a cultural taboo and she was, consequently, shunned by neighbors and would sink into solitude and obscurity.[3]


She never acted after Joymoti again except for a minuscule role in the film Ganga Siloni and a guest appearance in a film made on her life.[3] In 1985, when Assam celebrated the golden jubilee of the state's cinema, her role was acknowledged. The East Indian Motion Picture Association had gifted Aideu a wheelchair. The Assam Government, much later, gave her Rs.1,500 a month as pension. It also recommended her name for Padmashri, but was denied the award because she had done only one film.[4] In 1991, a girls' school was named after her in her village.[1]

Aideu (Behind the Screen)Edit

An Assamese film Aideu (Behind the Screen) was made on Aideu Handique tragic life and times of the first Assamese film actress by Arup Manna which was released in Mumbai International Film Festival on 8 February 2007.[5]


  1. ^ a b Haresh Pandya (15 February 2003). "Obituary: Aideu Handique | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Tamuli, Babul (2002)""The making of Joymoti"". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) , The Assam Tribune.
  3. ^ a b "The Telegraph - North East". Retrieved 8 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Recognition too late". The Hindu. 25 March 2007. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ Santanava Hazarika. "Reel Reality". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

  • JOYMOTI The First Assamese Film at