Guwahati: The Assamese comedy film ‘Local Utpaat’, directed by Kenny Basumatary has earned more than the Ranveer Singh-starrer Jayeshbhai Jordaar and Dr Strange in the first week.
Local Utpaat is the latest Assamese film to win the box office after Mission China, Kanchanjangha and Ratnakar.
Mitali Films distributor Sukanta Paul confirmed and said, “100% it has done the best sales out of all three films. Public demand was so high that shows were increased at almost all cinema halls.”
Local Utpaat now enters its second week in a majority of theatres. On bookmyshow.com, the film has received a 97 percent public rating.
However, many people have shared that they have already seen it more than once.
Audiences have also stated that they have finally had the opportunity to laugh out loud for two hours straight after two years.
“I am extremely grateful to the people of Assam for making our film a hit,” said director Kenny Basumatary.
“We were optimistic about its success, but the public response has exceeded our expectations”, Kenny added.
The film’s first week box office collections are estimated to be around Rs 40 lakh, with around half of it going to theatres.
“The best part is that I won’t have to approach anyone for money for my next project, and I’ll be able to make it exactly how I want it without interference”, Basumatary said.
After tremendous demand, the filmmakers have decided to release Local Utpaat in Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Kharghar, Bangalore and Kolkata on May 27 for one week.
“Obviously, we can’t afford to advertise in the metros cities,” Kenny added.
“We’re hoping that Assam associations and organisations in those places can help disseminate the message,” he said.
Another film ‘Emuthi Puthi’ directed by Bhaskar Hazarika is creating waves. On June 17, the family drama-comedy will be released.