Director Nikhil Advani, who is ready with his next film D-Day, has also announced the launch of Lokmaya, a Marathi full-length feature film. The film is based on the life of the great freedom fighter 'Lokmanya' Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The script has been extensively researched and received direct validation from Dr. Deepak Tilak, Vice-Chancellor of the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. He is also the great grandson of the legendary freedom fighter and an expert on his fundamentals and visions. What makes this collaboration even more special is that the first-time director Om Raut is being mentored directly by his producer Nikhil Advani.
Says Nikhil Advani "'Lokmanya' is a film that aspires to bring to the foreground one of our nation's greatest leaders whose teachings and ways make for relevant inspiration even today. This is what appealed to me most, when Om brought the project to my production company. In addition, as we celebrate 100 years of cinema in our country, the genesis of this is incomplete without acknowledging the contribution of Marathi artists, cinema visionaries. For us as a company, we believe bringing Marathi cinema closer into the fold of Bollywood will only create better value for us as an industry and of course for our audiences."
Says Om Raut "I knew I was developing something very special when I started working on the script of 'Lokmanya'. What has raised the bar for me is the opportunity to work closely with Nikhil. He has empowered my vision without compromising my individuality as a budding film-maker."
In the Hindi film industry, Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh have also taken keen interest in Marathi cinema. Let's hope that more people support regional cinema.
Lokmanya starts filming on May 15, 2013 and stars the critically appreciated Subodh Bhave in the title role. The film has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, a first for Marathi cinema, and is slated for release by 2013-end.