Kenny D Basumatary’s Assamese feature film series, ‘Local Kung Fu,’ has not only captivated the hearts of Assam’s viewers but has also set a new trend in the regional filmmaking industry. The trilogy, comprising ‘Local Kung Fu,’ ‘Local Kung Fu 2,’ and the upcoming third installment, has become a cultural phenomenon. This article explores the journey of this groundbreaking film series and the unique aspects that have made it a success.
The first chapter in the ‘Local Kung Fu’ saga premiered on September 27, 2013, introducing audiences to a fresh blend of martial arts and Assamese humor. The film quickly gained popularity for its unique storyline and relatable characters, paving the way for a sequel.
The second installment, ‘Local Kung Fu 2,’ not only continued the legacy but took inspiration from a classic source—William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” The infusion of Shakespearean elements into Assamese martial arts cinema showcased the versatility of the filmmakers, particularly Durlov Baruah and Kenny Deori Basumatary.
As anticipation builds for the third film scheduled to premiere in September 2024, the director, Kenny D Basumatary, shares insights into the ongoing filming process. Shot in various city locales, the film promises a dynamic visual experience. Bringing back most of the original cast, including Bonny Deori, Utkal Hazowary, Bibhash Singh, and Johnny Deori, adds a nostalgic touch to the project.
One of the remarkable aspects of ‘Local Kung Fu 2′ was the filmmakers’ decision to turn to crowdsourcing for post-production funds. Recognizing the power of community support, Durlov Baruah and Kenny Deori Basumatary successfully gathered funds through a collaborative effort. This move not only highlighted the passion of the fanbase but also emphasized the growing influence of grassroots support in independent filmmaking.
The ‘Local Kung Fu’ trilogy represents more than just a cinematic experience; it symbolizes a fusion of martial arts, regional humor, and global literary influences. By infusing elements from Shakespeare’s work into Assam’s cultural narrative, the filmmakers have created a unique and universally appealing blend.
Kenny D Basumatary’s ‘Local Kung Fu’ trilogy stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of regional cinema in Assam. From its humble beginnings to the ongoing filming of the third installment, the series continues to captivate audiences and redefine the boundaries of storytelling. With a nod to tradition and a flair for innovation, the ‘Local Kung Fu’ films have not only set a trend but have become a cultural phenomenon that transcends regional boundaries. As the premiere of the third film approaches, the anticipation and excitement among fans only continue to grow, solidifying the ‘Local Kung Fu’ trilogy’s place in the annals of Assamese filmmaking history.