Jahnu Baruah to direct Hindi film on Lachit Barphukan

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Guwahati: Eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua will direct a Hindi movie on the legendary Ahom General Lachit Barphukan.

To be produced by the Guwahati-based Dream House Productionz, but even so top production houses of the country, it is expected to be released by late 2022.

The movie will have a leading actor of the country playing the role of the Ahom general, stated a press release.

Addressing a press meet in the city, the 12-time national movie award winning filmmaker, Jahnu Barua, said that it is going to be after more than seven decades of independent India that Assam’s war hero and pride of India will get his overdue limelight on the national and international stage.

“For polite over 20-years, I have been living with this dread of doing a movie on, my favourite war-hero Lachit. There were numerous government initiatives to this effect, including proposal from two former governors, but on account of budgetary constraint the production of the sort of mega project could not be taken up,” said Barua.

Barua also said that research on the project has already begun, under the guidance of Prof JN Phukan, a scholar and former head of the branch of History, Gauhati University, to depict with accuracy the events leading to the Battle of Saraighat, which captured the Ahom General to the status of a legend.

The work on the movie has already begun and the production on the movie is likely to begin by October 2021.

Suresh Sharma, the managing director of Satyam group of industries who could also be involved with DH Productionz, in his interplay with media said, “Working with Jahnu sir used to be something at all times in my brain. When I thought of a movie on Lachit a year back, I knew Baruah sir would be my first choice.”

“A movie like this involves lot of investment. As an industrialist and son of the earth, I feel it is my way of giving back to the society,” Sharma further added.

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