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Prakash Jha: SATYAGRAHA not based on Anna Hazare's movement
June 27, 2013 11:49:29 AM IST updated June 27, 2013 11:54:18 AM IST By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
It was a unique trailer launch of a Hindi film that took place simultaneously in London and Mumbai. While the London launch was attended by the film's hero and heroine Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor KHAN, the director Prakash Jha, UTV's Siddharth Roy Kapoor and the rest of the star cast including Big B, Manoj Vajpayee, and Amrita Rao took part in the launch function at a five-star suburban hotel of Mumbai. Both the events were synced through a video conferencing link.
In the very beginning, the film's director Prakash Jha made it clear that his film has nothing to do with Anna Hazare's movement. It is more inspired by the Gandhian idea of non-violent protest driven by a commitment to the truth. It is a story of love, relationships, and betrayal against the backdrop of a society that is in deep turmoil. It has a variety of characters with different shades, some heroic while others villainous. The trailer effectively depicts people's angst that is best highlighted in the lyrics of the film's bhajan that asks the Almighty not to give people any more the capacity to withstand injustice and bear it with patience.
In a politically surcharged environment and with all kinds of protest actions taking place against the establishment in India and around the globe the film may strike the right chords to win over young audiences.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)