Mumbai17 minutes agoWriter: Amit Karn
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Today (Saturday) is the 139th birth anniversary of Veer Savarkar, a freedom fighter and nationalist leader. Producers Sandeep Singh and Anand Pandit released the first look of the film Swatantra Veer Savarkar on the occasion. Randeep Hooda is playing the role of Veer Savarkar in this. The shooting of this film will start from August this year. However, Randeep Hooda has already started preparations to get into the character’s skin.
Randeep will lose 12 kg more weight in 2 months
Producer Sandeep Singh told that the whole world knows that Randeep Hooda had lost a lot of weight to look like Sarabjit. Here Randeep Hooda is losing weight in two steps to play Veer Savarkar. Till now he has already lost 10 kgs. In the next two months, he will reduce about 12 kg more weight. That is, Randeep will reduce the total weight of 22 kg.
We are thinking of making the film for the last two years.
Sandeep Singh said in a special conversation with Dainik Bhaskar, “We have been thinking of making this film for the last two years. He never got the status that he deserved. Savarkar should be honored with Bharat Ratna and Nobel Prize. It is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, he is Marathi. He knows very well how to portray Veer Savarkar in the film. The costume of Veer Savarkar’s first look is done by Ashley Rebello. Photography is by Vicky Idnani. Randeep’s makeup Renuka Pillai has done it. Randeep has also started training to gain command over Marathi dialect.”
For 3 months the entire production team will work with Randeep
Sandeep told that just now the casting of Randeep has been done. Many of the artists will be drawn from London. The entire production team will be working with Randeep for the next three months. The question was to compare it with ‘Kashmir Files’, so we had announced this film only last year before its release. At that time no one knew that ‘Kashmir Files’ would get such success. Secondly, we are not making this film from the point of view of hit or flop. Had he been there, I would have been making a comedy or an action film. Of course, ‘Kashmir Files’ has created a ladder for storytellers who want to tell a good story.
Savarkar was the iconic freedom fighter
Director Mahesh Manjrekar said, “People can have different perceptions for Savarkar. However, as a filmmaker, we will be here in the film to project the same mindset as Savarkar himself used to think. That iconic freedom. He was a fighter. Our aim is that no Indian should forget him.”
The story of bravery was suppressed for a long time.
Randeep Hooda said, “Veer Savarkar was the most iconic name of the freedom struggle, but he was kept anonymous. We are saluting that anonymity. My attempt is to salute a larger than life freedom fighter whose story of valor was suppressed for a long time.”
Producer Anand Pandit said, “Randeep is known for being an artist who gets very close to the characters. That’s what they become. I myself am a history buff. I am very excited about this story.”