Guwahati: National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua on Thursday (December 3) announced that he will direct a Hindi film on the legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan.
The work on the project is already underway and the feature film is expected to be released by the end of 2022.
The film will likely be produced by Guwahati-based Dream House Productionz and various production houses of the nation may also be a part of the film.
However, Barua did not reveal who would play the lead character's role of the Ahom general but he said, the leading role will be played by the number one actor in the country.
Barua said he was living with this dream of making a movie on the legendary hero Lachit Borphukan as he is Barua's favourite war hero.
"For over 20 years, I have been living with this dream of doing a film on my favourite war hero Lachit Borphukan. There were several government initiatives to this effect, including a proposal by two former governors, but such a mega project could not be pursued due to budgetary constraint," he said.
Barua further stated that research on the project has begun under the guidance of the former head of the Department of History at Gauhati University, Professor JN Phukan, to depict with accuracy of the events leading to the Battle of Saraighat, which catapulted the Ahom general to the status of a legend.
It would be after more than seven decades of Independence that the pride and the hero of Assam's war would get his due limelight, with that Barua hoped that the government will support their initiative in all possible ways to make the mega project a reality.
The 12-time national award winner, Director Jahnu Barua is known for his best work in Assamese films, such are Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door, Ajeyo, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (Hindi), etc.