An M.Tech in Applied Geology from IIT-Roorkee, Shri UtpalBorpujari won the Swarna Kamal for Best Film Critic at the 50th National Film Awards of India in 2003.
As a professional journalist, apart from cinema, he has written extensively on politics, society, culture, literature, etc., while working with some of India’s top media houses. Since 2010, when he decided to turn a filmmaker, he has made several acclaimed documentary films that have been screened across the world in various film festivals. Among them are “Mayong: Myth/Reality” (2012), “Songs of the Blue Hills” (2013), “Soccer Queens of Rani” and “Memories of a Forgotten War” (2016).
Shri Borpujari has also served in international film juries as an erstwhile member of the International Federation of Film Critics, apart from having served on juries for National Film Awards and Indian Panorama. He has also curated films as well as served as a consultant for the Northeastern sections in the International Film Festival of India as well as various other film festivals.
His debut fiction feature, “Ishu”, is currently travelling to festivals and has been screened in the Kolkata International Film Festival, Smile International Film Festival for children and Youth (SIFFCY), 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival Mumbai, Canada Kids Film Festival till now and will be screened at Bangladesh International Children’s Film Festival (Dhaka) and Toulouse Indian Film Festival (France) in the coming months.