In what can be termed as an interesting collaboration,
two-time National Award-winning Marathi filmmaker, Nagraj Manjule, has roped in
Amitabh Bachchan for his yet-untitled Bollywood debut.
Amitabh Bachchan Will Be Seen In Nagraj Manjule's Next
Now, SpotboyE.com can tell you that this venture is going to be a biopic on Vijay Barse, a retired school teacher (to be essayed by Amitabh Bachchan), who is behind the initiative Slum Soccer –which uses football to change the lives of hundreds of slum kids, helping them to negotiate the harsh realities of a marginalised life with the game.
Team Nagraj has met Barse in Pune. He has given an NOC. This implies that the film’s rights have been bought and there is nothing unofficial about it.
Sources say that Bachchan’s character will be somewhat similar to what Shah Rukh Khan played in Chak De! India, which released in 2007.
Retired School Teacher Vijay Barse
Furthermore, Slum Soccer not only uses football to engage with children but also supplement their education and impart social messages like sanitation, life skills and gender equality.
Today, the initiative supports more than 10,000 boys and girls across India. Many have gone on to find jobs in the police, railways and banks, thanks to sports quotas in recruitment processes.
Marathi Filmmaker Nagraj Manjule
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Nagraj worked on the script for a year-and-a-half before taking the script to Big B in January.
At a recent event, the 39-year-old filmmaker revealed that he was a huge Bachchan fan and had decided to become a director while enacting a few scenes as Bachchan from Ramesh Sippy’s classic Sholay, on stage. And the admiration is mutual. Bachchan considers Nagraj a genius-director and had applauded Sairat on social media. Alongside a poster of Sairat, Bachchan wrote on Twitter, “Oh ...!! and saw the film ‘Sairat’, the Marathi wonder.. what a great cinematic experience... what a movie.”
T 2514 - Oh ...!! and saw the film 'Sairat', the Marathi wonder .. what a great cinematic experience .. what a movie ..!!! pic.twitter.com/7pPQrsttrC— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 25, 2017
It is also said that the veteran actor sent Nagraj a
personal letter after watching the film too.
Coming back to Nagraj’s Bollywood debut, considering the filmmaker’s ability to tell simple stories in the most effective manner, we wouldn’t be surprised if his association with Amitabh turns out to be a memorable one.