Ever since BJP Chitrapat Mandal and Om Siddhivinayak Motion Pictures announced the Marathi biopic on the life of Gopinath Munde titled Sangharsh Yatra, there was immense curiosity as to who will play the popular late leader on screen.
The suspense was finally broken recently by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Phadnavis during the launch of the film in Mumbai. “The role of Mundeji will be enacted by actor Sharad Kelkar,”he announced.
Kelkar, who was present at the event, said, “I am happy to be a part of SangharshYatra and its team. It is my great honor to play a person likeMundeji on screen. As research plays a big role in this film, I have been watching videos featuring Mundejito learn his mannerisms.”Kelkar was well-appreciated last year for his villainous role in the blockbuster Lai Bhaari.
Phadnavisspoke about Munde’slife. “There are many reel life heroes but Mundeji was a real life hero. He was a common boy who went on to become the Deputy Chief Minister only and only through hard work and later, a Cabinet Minister at the Center.”
Citing Munde’s achievements he said, “When people were scared to even utter a word against the mafia, he bravely fought against such evil. He also played a big role in the sattaparivartan of 1995. There are so many inspirational events in his life that would be difficult for the writer of the film to decide which to include. I feel, if we don’t bring such real stars in front of the youth, they will never understand their importance.”
RaosahebDanvePatil, BJP chief and Minister of State who was extremely close to Munde, got nostalgic. “I have spent 37 years with Munde. I have already seen the events that will be shown in the film. I have witnessed his Sangharsh Yatra from start till the end.I still remember how he used to come in ST bus to meet me as he didn’t have a jeep then. He was with me till 12:30 the day before he passed away.”
SangharshYatra will commence shoot soon and the film is expected to release in December this year.
By: Keyur Seta