New York: Anshuman Jha bagged the Best Actor award at the HBO-sponsored South Asian International Film Festival in New York. ‘Lakadbaggha’ was given the honour of making its world debut at the festival. The movie is directed by Victor Mukherjee and revolves around a vigilante animal lover with sleek Krav Maga-inspired action scenes, the first of its kind to be made in India. The film also includes appearances from Paresh Pahuja, Milind Soman, and Ridhi Dogra.
Addressing the media after receiving the award, Anshuman said, “very grateful to HBO and the entire team of the South Asian International Film Festival, New York, for considering Lakadbaggha (Hyena) worthy of an opening film and recognising my character, Arjun Bakshi, worthy of the Best Actor award. I dedicate this award to Irrfan sir since it was announced after his birthday. Congratulations to Sayani for winning the best female actor award too. And apologies for this late reaction, as I missed their official mail because I have been so busy.”
Lakadbaggha (hyena) is a movie based in Kolkata. The plot follows Arjun (Anshuman Jha), a recluse who teaches martial arts to children by day and defends street dogs who are used in the drug and meat trades by night. As the hooded vigilante’s actions gather notoriety on social media, the government sends crime branch officer Akshara (Riddhi Dogra) to find him. Akshara and her brother (Paresh Pahuja) dislike animals due to a previous incident, but as the case progresses, Akshara and Arjun get closer. Things take an interesting turn for Arjun when he finds that Akshara’s brother is in charge of a dubious organisation that trades hyenas.