Nagpur-based director Anurag Bhusari, who has made a film on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari titled Gadkari, says the movie is not a propaganda and merely chronicles facts.
The trailer of the movie was recently released on YouTube and Anurag says the film takes a balanced stand on the life of the Minister.
“Lately, there have been a number of biopics (on politicians) where people said they were like propaganda. But what I can assure the audience is that I have only shown the facts,” Anurag told PTI.
“I have not tried to show ‘Look how Nitin Gadkari is a good person’ but I have shown his struggles. I have shown the facts and everything which has happened with him,” he added.
“We have covered his life, growing up years up until 2014, until he became a Union Minister, we have covered everything,” he said.
The feature film joins a long list of biopics being made on politicians in Bollywood.
Anupam Kher featured in Accidental Prime Minister, which chronicled ten years of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office while Thackeray brought to life Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s journey.
Vivek Oberoi will headline a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the shooting of which is underway.
With a crew of nearly 20 people, Anurag started working on the project last year in September, after a research period of six months and completed the film in under two months.
Shot entirely in Nagpur, the film is made by crowdfunding and Anurag says the decision was taken to avoid interference.
“It would have been easy to take a single producer, there were people who were ready to invest in the name of the protagonist but I thought it’ll be better if we make it as a crowd-funded film because then I have the liberty to make it my way.
“If I had taken a single producer, there would have been a political influence or I would have been asked to make changes in the script. So crowdfunding was difficult, but the right process.”
When asked if he took permission from Gadkari before making the film, Anurag said, “We never asked him for permission but I had a conversation with his wife Kanchan Gadkari and we met his childhood friend. He might have been aware about the film but I never had a word with him.”
Gadkari, which features Rahul Chopda in the lead, is looking for a release on YouTube before March 5.