Prakash Jha to helm series on PV Narsimha Rao's life
Ace director Prakash Jha is set for his next project after the third season of Aashram. Soon, he will start working on a biopic of former Prime Minister of India, PV Narsimha Rao. Based on a book titled, Half Lion, by Vinay Sitapati, the project will be a bilingual series, aimed at "celebrating the most uncelebrated Prime Minister of India." Here's what we know.
Backed by Applause Entertainment in collaboration with Aha Studio, the venture was announced along with a motion poster on social media. It takes us through the pages of a book that describes the series as a tribute to the man "who rebuilt India." "The story of a man who laid the foundation of the new India that we know today," further read the introduction.
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Applause Entertainment joins hands with Aha Studio to co-produce a premium bilingual series based on the book 'Half Lion' by Vinay Sitapati. The biopic of P.V. Narsimha Rao will be directed by the National Award Winner Prakash Jha pic.twitter.com/66Qz7iqhDS
Notably, this will mark Aha's debut into a non-Telugu original venture. Although the makers have said the project will be bilingual [presumably in Hindi and Telugu], reports by PTI suggest it will be made in Tamil, too. Moreover, producers are targeting a 2023 release date for the historical account of the political leader's life, who was India's Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996.
Credited with several economic reforms, Rao's tenure also saw the destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, leading to major social unrest. The National Film Award-winning director, known for helming brave socio-political films on controversial issues like in Gangaajal, Raajneeti, and Satyagraha, can be trusted with presenting a dedicated tale with zeal. We're awaiting information on the cast and the rest of the crew.
"It's important for today's generation to know the story of those who've played an instrumental role in making the country what it is today," said Jha. He added Rao's life had a great many such elements that can inspire people. Earlier, the filmmaker had encountered strong opposition from the Bajrang Dal while filming Aashram season-3. The right-wing body had vandalized sets and attacked him.