At a time when mega blockbusters costing several hundred crores of rupees have become the norm, Kenny Basumatary, a cult filmmaking icon from Assam, opened a crowdfunding campaign via Wishberry to ensure that his next venture, Local Utpaat, sees the light of day in cinemas. Through the campaign, Basumatary was able to raise over Rs 10 lakh in a matter of days, thanks to the dedication of his fans and well-wishers.
Talking to Inside Northeast over the phone, a triumphant Kenny DB promises belly-aching comedy in his next movie.
First of all, congratulations! What is your message to the fans?
First of all, a big thanks to the people who contributed...1,271 plus people contibuted. I am grateful. To the people who could not contribute themselves, I salute the. A record breaking number of contributors helped 'Local Utpaat' reach our target. The earlier Wishberry record was 557, and now, we have surpassed that. I am elated and humbled.
Do you think crowdfunding is the way to go for Assamese cinema where budget is such a concern?
It is not for everyone. People who already have an existing fanbase and a network of rich friends and family can do that. For beginners, it can be a dicey proposition.
What is your take on the new wave of commercial Assamese films? They seem to be doing quite well.
If the mainstream movies are being well received, this is good for the overall health of Assamese cinema. The success of films like 'Ratnakar' and 'Kanchanjangha' will encourage producers to invest more in Assamese films, which is good for all of us.
The student community has embraced your movies. What is your secret to connecting with youths?
I think you should ask this to the audience. I am honestly baffled. However, I always try to make movies that I will enjoy myself as per my own aesthetics. So be it the Local Kung Fu movies or the Suspended Inspector Boro, I try to make movies that are to be enjoyed wholeheartedly, so maybe, that is why they have become popular. My next, Local Utpaat is an action-comedy, and we hope audience will laugh uninterrupted for two hours straight.
How are you seeking to promote the movie?
It all depends on the budget. A lot can be done, and publicity is the most expensive. We are currently looking for sponsors for the posters, hoardings and trailer so that we can promote the movie ahead of the September 4 release...
What can people expect from Kenny DB in the coming days?
Well, I am currently working on two movies. Emuthi Guthi and Sargarath. Besides, the Local Kung Fu team is also doing the action choreography of the upcoming film, Barood 2.
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