Almost four years ago, a funny little action comedy ‘Local Kung Fu’, made entirely with non-professionals who happened to be part of a local martial arts club, turned out to be enormously successful at the box-office. Directed by IIT – Delhi dropout Kenny Basumatary, the film with it’s freshness of appeal simultaneously attracted both older generations and younger viewers not just in Assam but elsewhere in the country.
After setting a rare benchmark, director Basumatary and his team is now back with ‘Local Kung Fu 2’, which is inspired by Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. The play has inspired a number of adaptations to screen. The screen adaptation of Gulzar’s ‘Angoor’ is one such movie that immediately comes to mind.
Much more ambitious, both in terms of the production and in terms of concept, this martial arts comedy sequel has got released in theatres across the State on April 19. While the film’s budget and action has been intensified a bit, the Mumbai-based Basumatary has also added a lot of comic-farcical elements, while reworking on a long-familiar plot to attract a wide-ranging audience. He has the experience of working as an actor and director in Mumbai for years now, having acted in Bollywood movies like ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Shanghai’, and will soon be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming film. He has directed two short films for Edumedia’s School cinema program, one of which has won awards at two international children’s film festivals in the US. He has also directed episodes of various TV shows like ‘Confessions of an Indian Teenager’, ‘Sun Yaar Try Maar’ and ‘Saavdhan India’.
The first ever sequel of an Assamese film – ‘Local Kung Fu 2’ is about two pairs of twins, who get separated at birth. One pair of twins stays in Guwahati and the other stays in Tezpur. The pair in Guwahati knows martial arts, but the pair in Tezpur doesn’t. After a series of events, the pair from Guwahati ends up in Tezpur and that is when the confusion, rather mayhem begins.
The film, made at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, also recognises the LGBT community, albeit in a humourous way. The film will also release in other parts of North East, including Dimapur, Naharlagun, Itanagar, Shillong and Agartala.
Produced by Kenny Basumatary with BP Deori, ‘Local Kung Fu 2’ is also expected to be released nationally, which is likely to happen 3-4 months later.
Interestingly, apart from the producers’ capital, a crowdfunding drive was conducted with an aim to raise Rs 8 lakh for the film’s colour grading, music, dubbing and sound. Infact, the campaign started by the ‘Local Kung Fu 2’ team on Wishberry.in turned out to be huge success as it has managed to raise a total sum of Rs 8,86,081 from 478 backers, closing with 111 per cent of the target amount.
The leading roles of the twins are enacted by Kenny Basumatary and Utkal Hazowary. Others in the cast of artistes include Sarmistha Chakravorty, Eepsita Hazarika, Bonny Deori, Tony Deori Basumatary, Bibhash Singha, Bibhuti Bhushan Hazarika, Yashraj Jadhav, Montu Deori, Amar Singh Deori, etc.
The Associate Producers are Advent Films and Marquish Basumatary, while Durlov Baruah is the Executive Producer. The cinematography has been done by Suruj Deka, while it was coloured by Dhruva J Bordoloi. The music has been scored by Tony, Derrick and Utkash.