Clearing the air

Political drama

Clearing the air

Film-maker Prakash Jha claims that his upcoming political drama Satyagraha has nothing to do with social activist Anna Hazare or Arvind Kejriwal, but is basically about the relationship between a father and son.

“The film is about an old and a young man. That does not mean it is about Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. The old man is a retired principal of a school and has lost his son, while the young man has done great in life and is looking for a father,” the director says. “It is about a father-son relationship and not about Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal,” he adds.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is playing a role akin to Anna Hazare in the film, while Ajay Devgan’s character is said to be based on activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal. However, Prakash insists that Satyagraha is about protests in general and he has been working on it for the last three years. “There is an inspiration — not about corruption but of protest. The society is going through this phase of protests world over, whether it is in India or Bangladesh or Wall Street. That forms the inspiration of the backdrop,” Prakash
explains. Besides Amitabh and Ajay, other leading actors in the film include Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and Amrita Rao.

Prakash is bringing a modified version of iconic bhajan Raghu Pati Raghav Raja Ram in Satyagraha, which was one of the favourites of Mahatma Gandhi. “I have used the song Raghu Pati Raghav Raja Ram, which he (Gandhi ji) popularised. That is his only direct involvement,” he explains.

According to sources, the film will hit cinema houses by August 15.

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