Actor-director of Local Kung Fu to portray Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Bollywood film
Actor-director of the most favourite film franchise of Assam “Local Kung Fu”, Kenny Basumatary, will be seen playing the role of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Hindi film Raag Desh. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, who has won the National Award for Paan Singh Tomar and has also made hits like Sahib Biwi Gangster and Haasil, the movie is set to release on the 28th of July. The movie is about the 1945 court-martial of three Indian National Army officers, who were captured during their failed attempt to throw the British out of India, and how the Red Fort trials (as they came to be known) galvanized public opinion against the British Raj. The three officers were coincidentally a Hindu (Prem Sehgal), a Muslim (Shah Nawaz Khan) and a Sikh (Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon), and their roles are being played by Mohit Marwah (Anil Kapoor’s nephew), Kunal Kapoor (of Rang De Basanti fame) and Amit Sadh (Sultan of Kai Po Che fame). The film is being produced by Rajya Sabha TV. Tigmanshu Dhulia says, “I am a student of history, and I never thought I would one day get a chance to make a film on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. No typical Bollywood producer would finance such a project.”
A still from the film
The trailers and character intros of the film, in which Kenny can be seen as Netaji in some shots, have been well received.
Watch the trailer here.
Speaking on how he was cast, Kenny said, “I’d already acted in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaara, releasing later this year, so when he was casting for Raag Desh, he thought of me as Netaji.”
“I read three very important books on Netaji and the INA and went through as many videos and recordings of his speeches as available,” said Kenny on preparing for the role. “The physical preparation used to take about an hour everyday, with shaving of my head, makeup, padding and costumes. I’m not the main character in the film, though. I appear in important flashbacks” he adds.
“Netaji stood 4th in the ICS exams (the IAS exams of then) and he could have lived a comfortable life as a senior bureaucrat, but he chose the hard way and fought for the country’s freedom instead. I feel it is an honour and a great responsibility to portray such a great man.”
Team UniTreed takes pride in Kenny’s success in the industry and wishes him more in the future.