Mahesh Manjrekar to direct Sandeep Singh’s Savarkar biopic, Swatantraveer Savarkar
Filmmaker and producer Sandeep Singh has roped in acclaimed director Mahesh V Manjrekar to tell the story of the controversial freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar titled SwatantraVeer Savarkar.
Sandeep Singh who acquired the rights to tell the story of Savarkar, while making the announcement on the freedom fighter's 138th birth anniversary said, "Veer Savarkar is revered and criticized in equal measure. He has been made into a polarising figure today but I feel that's because people don't know enough. No one can deny that he was an important part of our freedom struggle and our attempt is to present a peek into his life and journey."
Commenting on Savarkar and directing a film on him, Manjrekar offers, "I have forever been fascinated by the life and times of Veer Savarkar. I believe he is a man who didn't get his due in history. The fact that he evokes such strong emotion points to a life that must have impacted so many. As a director, I know it's going to be a challenge but one that I want to take on.”
Co-Producer Amit B Wadhwani says, "I am happy that we are making a film that highlights the work of a freedom fighter. Veer Savarkar is an important part of India's history that needs to be told. Unfortunately, the optics have prevented the man from being understood, let alone from being celebrated. "
To be shot across London, the Andamans and Maharashtra, SwatantraVeerSavarkar promises to change the narrative of the Indian freedom struggle and history.