These days biopics have become a trend in Indian film history. In a last few years cinelovers have seen amazing biopics and life stories of some phenomenal personalities. Be it any Bolly-venture or regional one, these stories have worked and managed to bring the viewers to the theaters. The actual beauty of these biopics is the curiosity of people to know more about the popular personalities, it may be good or bad and how they have lived their life and became what they are or were.
One such biopic is on its way which will be directed by Shoojit Sircar. After the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo ‘Thackeray’, Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut who turned filmmaker is now planning to make a biopic of former Defense Minister George Fernandes. The cabinet minister passed away at the age of 88 in New Delhi following prolonged illness on January 29, 2019. And now if the reports are to be believed, ‘Thackeray’ producer Sanjay Raut is all set to make a biopic on the trade unionist and former cabinet minister.
We have learnt that the script and the screenplay of the film have been finalized and the makers are looking forward to take it on floors in March this year.
A source close to the development has reported that the biopic will primarily focus on Fernandes’ early life from the mid-1950’s in Mumbai to Emergency in 1975. Bala Saheb Thackeray was reportedly close to George Fernandes and the film will chronicle the friendship of the politician duo. Incidentally, there is a scene in ‘Thackeray’ where George Fernandes, the role played by Prakash Belawadi, visits Bala Saheb Thackeray, essayed by Nawauddin Siddiqui, in Pune jail.
Latest buzz is that producer Raut is in talks with actors for essaying the role of Fernandes as well as the other supporting casts. The biopic will be a bilingual one with Hindi and Marathi as the dominant language and the ‘October’ director Shoojit Sircar will helmed the project.
Fernandes started off his journey as a trade unionist and headed the BMC in 60’. The leader is also credited with helping make Marathi as the official language of communication in the government office.
Talking about the film, Sanjay Raut asserted, “I seek guidance from Shoojit as he is a close friend and I would love to have a talented director like him on board. But we are yet to finalize names.”
Now, it has to be seen who will be cast as George Fernandes in his biopic.