This will be the first feature film on the life of the ex-Prime Minister of India the late Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri who coined the immortal slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan’ that inspired blockbusters like UPKAAR. The film is all set to be released on 6th February, 2015, in cinemas across the nation.
PREM CHOPRA AND AKHILESH JAIN
The film is directed by Milann Ajmer and produced by Madan Lal Khurana, Seema Chakerverty, and Pankaj Dua, written by Dhiraj Mishra and presented by Victorious Enterprises and Sanjay Chakervarty. The film’s music is given by Girish-Rupesh.
Akhilesh Jain, a well-known theatre actor from Bhopal, plays Lal Bahadur Shashtri. The film also stars Om Puri as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India, Prem Chopra as Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant, the first CM of Uttar Pradesh, and Rati Agnihotri as Vijay Lakshmi Pandit. The rest of the cast includes Jatin Khurana (Chandrashekhar Aazaad), Rishi Bhutani, Jaiwant Patekar, and others.
According to the writer of the film Dhirja Mishra, its script took two years of painstaking research and he consulted the family members of Shahstri Ji, including his son Sunil Shashtri, before finalizing it. The film will also depict the death of Sahshtri Ji in Tashkent in suspicious circumstances and will throw a new light on the issue.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)