Kenny Basumatary, the popular actor and director from Assam, is all set to portray the role of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next ‘Raag Desh’, a movie that has already been making a lot of noise since its announcement. The film which will release on July 28 this year is a period drama, depicting on celluloid the formation of the Indian National Army, by Bose, and revolves around the INA trials held at the Red Fort after three officers were court-martialled.
While Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah will play the lead roles, Assamese artiste Kenny Basumatary, who was last seen acting and directing in the sleeper hit ‘Local Kungfu 2’ this year, is portraying the important role of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
While speaking about ‘Raag Desh’, which is perhaps the first film to bring the epic INA trials held at Red Fort on celluloid, Kenny said – “The film will look at how Netaji formed the INA with soldiers who were fighting for the British in the Second World War. When INA was defeated, three officers, namely Colonel Prem Sahgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan were court-martialled and their trial was held at Red Fort. The trial received huge public attention at that time with Jawaharlal Nehru appointing the best lawyers for them. Ultimately, the British were forced to commute the sentences on these three officials. This film will bring the entire episode on celluloid.”
Confirming that he is playing the role of Netaji, Kenny said, “I am playing the role of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the film. However, my screen time is not much as he will be mainly shown during the flashback portions of the film.”
Regarding his preparations for playing the role of Netaji, he said, “I read three books, ‘His Majesty’s opponent’, ‘Brothers Against the Raj’ and ‘The Forgotten Army’, written about Netaji. The production team had given me few tapes containing his speech which helped me to pick up how he spoke. I shaved the front of my head to bring a physical resemblance with him.”
Speaking about Netaji, Kenny said, “He was one of the bravest and most pragmatic freedom fighters of India. He was a philosopher warrior and extremely well read. He wanted to see his motherland independent at any cost and made the supreme sacrifice for it.”