Profession – Actor
National School of Drama (NSD) alumnus Boloram Das is a talented actor from Assam. He had appeared in the 2014 Indian movie Badlapur Boys. He was also a part of the Hollywood film The Black Russian. Apart from feature films, he has also appeared in TV shows.
He plays the lead role in Monjul Baruah’s Assamese movie ‘Antareen’ alongside Urmila Mahanta and Arun Nath. Despite getting limited screens and tough competition from the magnum opus ‘Bahubali – The Conclusion’, Antareen is running to packed houses.
‘Antareen’ has opened to rave reviews and packed theatres. Did you expect such a response?
This film was actually shot in 2014 and the post production finished in 2015. After that, it went to various festivals where it got lot of acclaim. We had a feeling that the film is good. Though as an actor, I won’t say that I was completely satisfied with my work. We were expecting good response but the response here has been overwhelming. I am getting lot of congratulatory messages of Facebook and Whatsapp. Word of mouth for the film is really strong.
Recently, ‘Local Kungfu 2’ was removed from theatres to accommodate ‘Bahubali’ when the former was doing good business. The same has happened with your film as well. What is your take on the issue?
I think people of Assam should support good Assamese cinema. Despite competing with a film as big as ‘Bahubali’, our film is getting good footfall which is very encouraging. Our State Government must also chalk a policy to ensure the screening of Assamese films in theatres. They should follow what Maharashtra Government has done for Marathi cinema. I have been watching a lot of Assamese films since last year and I think some really good films have been made. I am hopeful about the future of Assamese cinema if we get the support from people.
Recently, Kenny Basumatary has released ‘Local Kungfu 2’ on the internet. Do you think this is an idea which can be emulated by producers here?
This is obviously a fantastic idea as the scope of digital media is huge. We can release movies on Netflix though they have some parameters which need to be met. However, ultimately films are meant to be an experience with 70 mm screen and Dolby Digital sound. So, as long as possible, filmmakers should try and release their movies in theatres.
Tell us about the national and international projects you have worked in.
I did a Hollywood film called ‘The Black Russian’ which was released in the US but yet to release in India. Another English film of mine, ‘Interconnect’ based on the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh might release shortly. I had done a Hindi film ‘Badlapur Boys’ which came out in 2014. I have also featured in TV shows like ‘Crime Patrol’ and ‘Yudh’ which starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am working on a Hindi film under Anurag Kashyap’s banner Phantom Productions. I will going to Delhi soon to start shooting for the same. Regarding Assamese films, I am in discussion with few filmmakers, but nothing is concrete as of yet.
As told to Nabarun Guha