Thespian Amitabh Bachchan, who was last seen in Umesh Shukla’s hit movie 102 Not Out (2018), is all set to commence work on Marathi filmmaker Nagraj Manjule’s first Hindi film Jhund in November this year. The said project was planned more than a year ago, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, it could not go on floors on time, which led Big B to opt out it. However, when T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar came onboard as a producer, he convinced the megastar to come back.
Jhund is based on the life of Vijay Barse, who founded slum soccer. Amitabh Bachchan plays the lead character of a retired sports teacher who put together a bunch of street kids and builds a soccer team. The makers have planned to wrap up the entire film in a start-to-finish schedule which kicks off in November this year. Jhund will be completed in around 80 days with Bachchan shooting for 45 days straight in Nagpur.
Director Nagraj Manjule, who shot to fame after directing the blockbuster Marathi language film Sairat (2016), which was later remade as Dhadak (2018) in Hindi, is quite excited about teaming up with superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He said no other actor in India can play Vijay Barse except Big B. “No other actor fits the role, only Mr Bachchan can do justice to this particular character. All others in the film are newcomers since I am known to work with fresh talent. The combination of Mr Bachchan and this young team will be something to look forward to,” said the National Award winner.
Nagraj went on to reveal that he decided to shoot the film in Nagpur because the entire story is based there and that he wanted it to look as authentic as possible. “I wanted the look to be as authentic as possible. Nagpur has its own charm and feel. The lanes of the city are different from Mumbai and Pune and my film can be best showcased there”.
Produced by Bhushan Kumar and Savita Raj Hiremath, Jhund is slated to arrive in cinemas in 2019.