Sanshilp Films’ Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande, made on a budget of over 50 crores, is apparently the most expensive film to be made in Marathi as well as in English and also promises to be the most spectacular film to be churned out by the Marathi film industry. It is to be shot in 3D visuals. And to make sure that this happens fruitfully, Shailesh Nile, the writer of the film and the rest of the crew, have decided on appointing technicians from Hollywood who have worked in the Hollywood movie ‘300’.
This movie, for a change, is not about a brave and virtuous ruler or a mythological character or a superhero. It is, in fact, the story of the fearless minister of Chattrapati Shivaji, Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande who had selflessly sacrificed his life in order to save Shivaji and help him flee from the Panhala Fort.
The significant battle of PawanKhind is poised to be one of the most interesting parts of the film which will be shot with mind-boggling visual effects. The painful drama of Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande, fighting the Mughals until his last breath to save Shivaji, will surely be a treat to watch in 3D. All the intricate planning and plotting and the charade of Shiva Nhavi, which formed an intrinsic part of the historical battle, have been scripted with utter precision.
Though the cast has not yet been finalized, Hindi film actor Ajay Devgan might be roped in for the lead role. The other contenders for the role are Atul Kulkarni, Nana Patekar and the demi god of south, Rajnikanth.
The movie will be shot in two languages, Marathi and English, and dubbed in various other languages. ‘Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande’ will get a release in 2013 all over India as well as abroad. The makers of the film promise to present the rich history of Maharashtra to India and the world with visual effects which are as thrilling as that of Hollywood.
Owing to the lavishness with which Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande is being shot, we can expect it to create as much waves in the international circuit as was generated by ‘Swaas’ (2004) and ‘Harishchandra’s Factory’ (2009). Both these films were selected for India’s official entry to the Oscars in their respective years and considering the magnanimity and scale of the venture, Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande’ can also follow suit.
It is indeed a big step for Marathi cinema which is gradually making its presence felt in the movie scene in spite of the predominance of Hindi cinema (read: Bollywood) all over India. It thus remains to be seen how much benefit does the Marathi film scene receives from Veer Bajiprabhu Deshpande when it is released next year.