Royal School of Communications and Media (RSCOM) of Royal Global University (RGU) in association with River Talks organized an interactive session with actor, director and producer Kenny Basumatary on June 24 on its premises.
While interacting with the students, Kenny Basumatary narrated his struggles before making his name in the industry and answered questions asked by the faculty and the students.
Speaking about the major OTT platforms like Amazon or Netflix and the commercial viability of small-scale regional language films, Basumatary said: “In the case of Assam, for independent filmmakers, Reel Drama is a great alternative choice.”
Accepting a divide between urban and rural viewers in the state, he said, “I don’t target any of these set of viewers specifically while making my films, but films reach their niche by virtue of the story.”
The session was also attended by vice-chancellor of the university, SP Singh, senior professor PJ Mahanta, RSCOM assistant professor and head of the department Florence Handique Rabha, along with faculty and students of the university.
The interactive session was moderated by RSCOM assistant professor Manaswinee Mahanta.
The vice-chancellor of the university appreciated Kenny’s films and thanked him for interacting with RGU students.
RSCOM head of the department Florence Handique Rabha narrated her stories with Kenny Basumatary when they used to work together in a local news channel before Kenny ventured into films.
Kenny has directed ‘Local Kung Fu 1’ and 2 and ‘Suspended Inspector Boro’ – which are available on the Reel Drama app.
His fourth film ‘Local Utpaat’ has proven to be a huge box office success, grossing more than Rs 1 crore, and becoming the 5th highest earner among Assamese films.