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After Thackeray, Producer Sanjay Raut Planning For a Biopic On George Fernandes

January 30th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author
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After the success of the highly-acclaimed film Thackeray, senior Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut now plans to make a biopic on veteran trade and politician George Fernandes who passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Even though their strong ideologies were different, the Sena founder-patriarch Bal Thackeray and Fernandes enjoyed a good personal rapport, especially since the latter spoke fluent Marathi, among 10 languages he had mastered.

In fact, in “Thackeray” film, a scene showcases where Fernandes, played by Prakash Belawadi, visits Sena supremo Thackeray, essayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a Pune jail.

“Now I will make a biographical film on George Fernandes. It would focus mostly on the period from the mid-1950s in Mumbai to the Emergency, and the crucial role he played in coalition-era politics,” Raut told mediapersons on Tuesday.

Besides Thackeray, George Fernandes had inspired the characters of a union leader D’Cost in Arun Sadhu’s noted Marathi novel, Mumbai Dinank, and in the film Simhasan directed by Jabbar Patel.

Fernandes, Thackeray and former Prime Minister the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared were keen to convert the country’s first aircraft carrier, Vikrant (formerly, “INS Vikrant”), into a permanent floating maritime museum for future generations.

The efforts during the first National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in this direction, with Thackeray pushing Vajpayee and Fernandes to initiate the project.

However, it faced a lot of difficulties and could not be executed due to various constraints, mainly financial, and finally, the mighty warship was sold as scrap and broken down to metal pieces in 2014, for recycling purposes.

The sole living memory is a small memorial sculpture created from its metal pieces sourced from a ship-breaking yard in central Mumbai, which was designed by sculptor Arzan Khambatta, and is erected at the Naval Dockyard in south Mumbai in January 2016.

Photo courtesy: www.koimoi.com

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