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Kenny Basumatary opts for crowdfunding to complete new film Local Utpaat

One of the most promising filmmakers of Assam, Kenny Basumatary, now a household name with his back to back hits, had to sell off his apartment in Mumbai as he could not fully recover the money he had put in his three films. But, he refuses to sit idle.

Supported by a very talented team of family and friends, Kenny Basumatary is ready for his next release – Local Utpaat.

After successful attempts to create a new genre in Assamese cinema with Local Kung Fu series and Suspended Inspector Boro, Kenny has started a crowdfunding campaign to meet the expenses for post-production and release of his latest film ‘Local Utpaat’.

Kenny started the campaign through wishberry.in to collect a sum of Rs 10 Lakh of which around Rs 4.3 Lakh was already collected by February 10.

“First of all I would like to thank each and everyone who has watched my previous films either in theatres or in moviesaints.com. It means a lot to me for the huge support. It’s a great feeling when my films provide the viewers entertainment. But I couldn’t recover the money spent in my last films. As a result I had to sell my small apartment in Mumbai. But it’s alright. I’m not going to sit idle, I am eager to make more films,” said Kenny.

Local Kung Fu, one of the first of its kind action-comedy had set Kenny apart which was released in 2013. After that, the sequel of Local Kung Fu in 2017 also received overwhelming response from the viewers. But due to some big budget Bollywood films during that period, LKF-2 had to be withdrawn from the theatres. The film is still available online on moviesaints.com.

Then in 2018, another action-packed comedy ‘Suspended Inspector Boro’ hit the theatres which was also an instant hit. However, lack of proper shows meant losses for the producers.

Now, Kenny is determined to get his next project ‘Local Utpat’ done by any means. “I’ve realized that proper comedy films are quite rare, and genuinely funny ones even rarer. And since my team seems to have the gift of making people laugh, I almost feel like it’s a duty to provide 90 minutes of recreation for people,” he added.

On the reason why is he crowdfunding, the popular writer-director-actor said that it’s because of two reasons.

“First, Assamese films generally haven’t recovered their budget except one or two in the recent years. Even ours haven’t. The primary reason being the lack of theatres… A film can only get 40-60 screens – so the box office returns might not be enough to cover the cost of the film and it becomes too high a risk for any one or two persons to take. Secondly, it’s tough to find those one or two ideal financiers who will invest in a film without interfering in casting and scripting among others. So it’s much safer to ask a few hundred people to contribute a little bit and help out,” Kenny added.

He, further said that if this film can fetch some profits, this will help him in making his next film.

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