Guwahati: Eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua will direct a Hindi film on the legendary Ahom General Lachit Barphukan.
To be produced by the Guwahati-based Dream House Productionz, besides top production houses of the country, it is expected to be released by late 2022.
The film 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 film award winning filmmaker, Jahnu Barua, said that it will 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 well over 20-years, I have been living with this dread of doing a film on, my favourite war-hero Lachit. There were a number of government initiatives to this effect, including proposal from two former governors, but because of budgetary constraint the production of such a 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 department 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 film has already begun and the production on the film is likely to start by October 2021.
Suresh Sharma, the managing director of Satyam group of industries who is also involved with DH Productionz, in his interaction with media said, “Working with Jahnu sir was something always in my mind. When I thought of a film on Lachit a year back, I knew Baruah sir would be my first choice.”
“A film like this involves lot of investment. As an industrialist and son of the soil, I feel it is my way of giving back to the society,” Sharma further added.