Among a host of other projects that actress Divya Dutta is working on this year, she will be seen in a film inspired by a real story that left everyone in the country feeling enraged. Titled Manjunath, the film is based on the story of a young IIM graduate who lost his life while fighting against corruption in Uttar Pradesh. “People pick up the newspaper everyday and react to the horrific incidents that take place in this country. But, what do they about it? Hence, instead of solely concentrating on Manjunath’s life, the film shows how people, who are complete strangers, come together to fight for his cause and support the anti-oil mafia campaign,” stated Dutta, who recently completed shooting for the film in Lucknow.
Dutta plays Anjali Mullati, owner of a consulting company in Mysore and an IIM alumna who happens to be Manjunath’s senior by ten years. “Anjali has never met Manjunath, but it is only when she sees a television show talking about his horrific death, that she decides to start fighting her own battle against the mafia. It’s a very strong character and I am glad I got a chance to do this. I think everyone will connect to the character, especially those who want to bring about a change,” mentioned Dutta. Manjunath is Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ first crowd sourced funded film and the makers are looking at an end of April release date, preferably the 25th.
Dutta, who was recently seen in Ragini MMS 2, is also shooting for Traffic, which stars Manoj Bajpayee. She is currently in Chandigarh, where she is shooting for Aayee Bala Ko Taal Tu, a political satire with Rishi Kapoor in the lead.
Satish Kaushik to play a minister in Dekh Tamasha Dekh
The first look of director Feroz Abbas Khan’s second directorial venture, Dekh Tamasha Dekh, was launched last week. After earning critical acclaim for his debut film Gandhi My Father, which also earned the National Award, Khan is all set to present a social – political satire which deals with a situation where our country is busy treating all things bizarre as normal. “My character is that of a minister and the film is set in a small town of Maharashtra. It’s a black comedy,” mentioned actor Satish Kaushik, who plays the lead along with Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (of Tere Bin Laden fame). The film is all set to be screened at the New York Film Festival on April 30.