With his debut film being nominated for Best Feature Film at the inaugural Filmfare Awards for the Eastern Region in 2013, Kenny Basumatary is all set with his next release, which is a sequel to the film- Local kung Fu.
Kenny Basumatary, who was pursuing his engineering course at IIT-Delhi quit his course after which he stood strong-willed to participate in a script writing workshop in Mumbai. He has been a part of various Bollywood movies like Mary Kom, Shanghai and Phata Poster Nikla Hero and finally made an impact through his debut directorial venture. The Assamese comedy was well received and was an instant hit in Northeast India. It was also screened across various cities like Delhi, Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, which is a grand treat for a northeastern regional movie. Kenny further mentions that his sequel movie, Local KungFu 2 is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.
Kenny shares about his experience on getting distributors, and the reason why the film couldn’t recover it’s money:
“It wasn’t really difficult to get a distributor. The real problem was that Besharam released two days early and removed LKF before we could even complete a full week. Assamese films are frequently bulldozed by Hindi films. Raag, which I acted in, had started picking up because of good word of mouth but was shunted out by Gunday.”
Local Kung Fu 1
An Assamese martial-art comedy film. Directed by the Kenny Basumatary, Local Kung fu has gained a cult status today, and is regarded as the first of its kind.