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92 yrs after death,Lokmanya Tilak to come alive on reel

More than a century after Bal Gangadhar Tilak began the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav in the city,noted film producer Nitin Chandrakant Desai along with Tilak’s family on Tuesday announced a new film about the legendary social reformer eponymously titled Lokmanya Tilak.

More than a century after Bal Gangadhar Tilak began the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav in the city,noted film producer Nitin Chandrakant Desai along with Tilak’s family on Tuesday announced a new film about the legendary social reformer eponymously titled Lokmanya Tilak.

The announcement was made at an event where historian Babasaheb Purandare,Deepak Tilak,the great-grandson of Bal Gangadhar Tilak,actress Suhas Joshi and scriptwriter of the film Shirish Gopal Deshpande and Shailesh Tilak were present.

The film is still in the early stages of production,with the script ready and the sets and shooting locations being finalised. However,the casting for the movie has not yet begun. “I like to focus on getting the story and script right first so that there is more depth to the character when we begin casting. This time Suhas Joshi will be the casting director for the movie,” said Desai.

The film will depict all the major milestones in the life of Bal Gangadhar Tilak,right from his childhood to his interactions with the British regime,the Swaraj Movement,his visits to prison and the court cases. The script has been written by Shirish Gopal Deshpande with contributions from Babasaheb Purandare and the members of the family .

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“Even a hundred years later,his thoughts are relevant to modern times. Swaraj and Swadeshi products are still something we need to keep in mind in these times of free markets. Through this movie,his message will reach so many new minds,” says Deepak Tilak.

Portions of the film will be shot at Kesari Wada in Pune while other parts will be shot at other locations in the city and Belgaum. Some scenes will have to be recreated in the studio to depict the old period in a better way,said Desai.

The movie is expected to be completed by May 2013,when Desai plans to premiere it at Cannes Film Festival. Desai has spent 27 years in the film industry working on 109 Hindi films such as Lagaan,Jodhaa Akbar and Devdas and has worked on several international film projects as well. This is the third film in a series of movies and television programmes Desai is making about Maharashtrian history and its stalwarts following Balgandharva and Raja Shiv Chhatrapati.

First published on: 19-09-2012 at 05:13 IST
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