National award-winning Marathi director Gajendra Ahire’s forthcoming movie ‘Swami Public Limited’ will take a dig at people blindly following self-styled god men and the “business” made out of religion by few individuals.
“The film is about the things that are happening in the name of faith and religion by some of the so-called swamis. As a filmmaker and individual I felt it was my duty to comment on that. As an artist I have reacted to it,” Ahire, 45, told PTI.
The director conceded he does not expect the system or mindset of audience to change after watching the movie.
“I have not done this movie to change the system. It’s not my job. My work is to project the fallacies. And it is upto the individual how to take the signal which I have given through the movie,” he said.
The film is expected to hit theatres in August, across Maharashtra, with the producers charting out its extensive roll out even in rural parts of the state.
“Creative producer Vijay Munde came up with the idea of this film. After that I wrote the story and dialogues. But the basic idea was his,” the filmmaker said.
The first look of the film was unveiled during the recently held Goa Marathi Film Festival in Panaji.
Ahire, who has worked with veteran actor like Vikram Gokhale and Marathi debutante Saunskuti Kher in the movie, said the film is not influenced by any other similar projects.
“I have independently worked on this movie with my own ideas without getting influenced with the movies which are made on the similar lines. There is absolutely no question of taking reference of any similar movies,” he said.
Asserting that the government will have a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for violence against women, the President said the criminal justice system would be strengthened.
The government was committed to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies and launch a mass campaign on ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ for saving the girl child and enabling her education.
Containing food inflation will be the topmost priority of the government, which will also try to end rural-urban divide and reverse trend of hopelessness among farmers that leads to suicides, Mukherjee said.
Giving the slogan of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’, he said the greatest challenge was to end the curse of poverty.
To achieve a holistic healthcare system, it would formulate a new Health Policy and National Health Assurance Mission, besides promoting yoga in AYUSH and establishment of AIIMS like institutions in all the states, he said, adding IITs and IIMs will also be set up in every state.
A National Madrassa Modernisation Programme will be initiated to provide modern and technical education among minorities, to make them equal partners in development.
For scheduled castes, tribes, other backward and weaker sections, the government will strive to create an enabling eco-system of equal opportunity in education, health and livelihood, besides launching a dedicated ‘Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana’ for tribals.
Sports will be popularised and the government will launch a National Sports Talent Search System to encourage the youth, he said.
Observing that the people had given a clear mandate, the President said the electorate had cast aside boundaries of caste, creed, region and religion and voted for development, good governance and stability.