Filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, who is known for his work in Marathi cinema, will step into the director’s chair to helm a biopic on former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The late politician, who is known for his strong speeches, will be portrayed on screen by an actor Pankaj Tripathi. The makers of the film confirmed the news on Friday.
The film will be co-produced by Vinod Bhanushali and Sandeep Singh and has been titled Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Yeh Desh Rehna Chahiye-ATAL. The film is written by Utkarsh Naithani, who has previously written for shows like Saraswatichandra, Mahadev and the film Swatantra Veer Savarkar.
Excited to be a part of the film, Pankaj said in a statement, “It is an honor to portray such a humane politician on screen. He was not only a politician, but much more he was an excellent writer and an acclaimed poet. To be in his shoes is nothing short of a privilege for an actor like me.”
Director Ravi Jadhav, who has won National Awards for his films Mitraa, Balgandharva and Natrang in the past, hoped to live up to the expectations of the audience with such an interesting story in hand. He said, “For me as a director, I couldn’t have asked for a better story than Atalji. Besides, having an exemplary actor like Pankaj Tripathi to bring the story of Atalji to the screen and the support of the producers. I hope to live up to people’s expectations with ATAL.”
The film is presented by Bhanushali Studios Limited and Legend Studios and produced by Vinod Bhanushali, Sandeep SinghSam Khan and Kamlesh Bhanushali in the association of 70MM Talkies and co-produced by Zeeshan Ahmad & Shivv Sharma.
Producers Vinod and Sandeep Singh believe that Pankaj is the best option to play the role. Vinod said, “We all unanimously envisioned Pankaj Tripathi as Atalji from the moment we started discussing the film. We are happy to have one of India’s finest actors playing the role. We also have an exceptional director ‘Raviji’ on board who we are sure will bring the story of our exemplary leader beautifully.”
Sandeep added, “India will soon celebrate the life of Atal Ji and his political ideology. We have the powerhouse duo of Pankaj ji and Ravi ji to bring the story to life. We aim to release this film on Christmas 2023, which is also the 99th birth anniversary of Bharat Rana Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji.