Statue of Lachit Borphukan and his army in Guwahati

Eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua will direct a Hindi film on the legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan. The work on the film has already begun. To be produced by Guwahati-based Dream House Productionz, besides top production houses of the country, it is expected to be released by late 2022.

The film will have a leading actor of the country playing the role of the Ahom general.

The 12-time National Award winning filmmaker said that it will be after more than seven decades of independent India that Assam’s war hero and the pride of India will get his overdue limelight on the national and international stage.

He also thanked industrialist and producer Suresh Sharma for his willingness to produce the multi-crore mega film.

“For well over 20 years, I have been living with this dream of doing a film on my favourite war-hero Lachit Borphukan. There were a number of government initiatives to this effect, including proposal from two former governors, but because of budgetary constraint the production of such a mega project could not be taken up,” Barua said in Guwahati on December 3.

He hoped that the government will support the initiative of Sharma, the producer, in all possible ways to make this mega project a reality. “I’m honoured and excited to be associated with it,” Jahnu Barua said.

Suresh Sharma, managing director at Satyam Group of Industries who is also involved with DH Productionz said that he is proud to be associated with the venture.

“Working with (Jahnu) Barua sir was something always in my mind. When I thought of a film on Lachit Borphukan a year back, I knew that Barua sir would be my first choice,” Sharma said.

He informed the media that this will be the costliest film ever made in Assam. “A film like this involves lot of investment. As an industrialist and son of the soil, I feel it is my way of giving back to the society,” he said.

He added that talks are in advanced stage with leading actors to play the role of Lachit while leading production houses of the country have shown interest to co-produce the film.

Barua said that research on the project has already begun, under the guidance of JN Phukan, former head of the department of history at Gauhati University, to depict with accuracy the events leading to the battle of Saraighat, which catapulted the Ahom general to the status of a legend.

He said that the production on the film is likely to start by October 2021.

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