The Suvrat Kakoti-directed action thriller film will hit the theatres on June 2
Actor Ravi Sarma plays the title role in Sri Raghupati
Last Updated: 06.57 AM, May 12, 2023
The Assamese film industry has seen quite a few good releases so far this year. While the late actor Nipon Goswami’s directorial Dr. Bezbaruah 2 received widespread appreciation, Dhanjit Das’s action thriller Black N White also performed well at the box office and Kenny Basumatary’s much-awaited laugh riot Ki Kowa Dosti is currently pulling the audience toward the theatres. Now, the northeastern state is gearing up for the highly-anticipated actioner Sri Raghupati, starring Ravi Sarma. Slated to hit the cinemas on June 2, the makers of the film have just released a power-packed trailer.
Directed and edited by Suvrat Kakoti - aka SUV - the movie also features Preety Kongana, Priyam Pallavi, Sidhartha Sarma, Arun Nath, Arun Hazarika, Rina Bora, Raj Sharma, Bornali Pujari, Seema Baruah, Sanjiv Burhagohain, Kukil Saikia, Manjit Sharma and Sumki Kachari in pivotal roles. The story is by Ravi, while the actor has also written the dialogues of the movie.
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Complete with a compelling narrative and high-octane stunts, and backed by gripping cinematography, VFX effects and soundtrack, Sri Raghupati is lauded for marking a new beginning for Assamese cinema, which is more in tandem with India’s mainstream movies. And given the cast, the film - produced by Sailen Sharma - is also expected to bring along some memorable performances.
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Dubbed an ambitious project, Sri Raghupati has been in the making for quite a few years. Commenting on the advent of big-budget films in Assam, Ravi - who has acted in several memorable films like Hiya Diya Niya, Nayak, Kokadeutar Gharjonwai, Barood, Tumi Aahibane and more recntly Black N White, as well as been part of the state’s popular mobile theatre - told the media, “Obviously, every maker would say that if we had a bigger budget, we could have made a better film. But what we have done with Sri Raghupati is that we have increased our efforts three times more than the money we have in hand to make this film.”
Adding to that, the actor said, “Over the past decade through mobile theatre, I have had the opportunity to interact with the audience on a more grassroot level. That feedback was kept in mind while I scripted this film, also considering the factor that the narrative should appeal to a national audience. Although in recent years, several Assamese films have received critical acclaim globally, when it comes to commercial cinema, we haven’t been able to perform well. And for the industry to sustain, we would need money via massy projects. Movies like Zubeen Garg’s Mission China and Jatin Bora’s Ratnakar have already proven in the recent past that Assamese commercial cinema also has a huge market. So, it’s time we improve the quality and standard of Assamese films and take them to national and global platforms.”
A couple of weeks ago, the first song from Sri Raghupati - a romantic number Tumi Aru Moi - was released. It’s sung by Zubeen Garg and Deeplina Deka, featuring Ravi and Preety.