Nagpur: Amid the news of Sairat director Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund starring Amitabh Bachchan being shelved, the ace filmmaker has announced his next Marathi venture called Naal. However this time the movie is being produced by him. ‘Sudhakar Reddy Ekant’ will be directing the movie.
Manjule was in Nagpur to announce this project at a city’s plush hotel. Guardian minister ‘Chandrashekhar Bawankule’ , Mayor ‘Nanda Jichkar’ and former minister ‘Sunil Kedar’ along with the cast and crew of movie was present on the occasion.
Naal is a Marathi-language film, produced by Nagraj Manjule under his banner Aatpat Production along with Zee Studios. Starring Shrinivas Pokale and Maithili Thakare in child artist role, it tells the story of mother-son love and their journey.
Naal is the story of Chaitanya, an eight-year-old mischievous boy. Living in a remote village in Maharashtra, along the banks of a river, he is fathered by a small-time landlord and pampered by a loving and caring mother. Naal is attached with Chaitanya’s emotional world and follows him on an unexpected journey.
Maximum part of movie has been shot in Bhandara-Gondia region in Vidarbha.
Addressing the media Manjule Said “ I like both the phase as a director and an actor but I enjoy more in directing as acting is a bit challenging for me. And I am sure you will also relate to this movie very well.”
Nagpur to have its own film city
Bawankule said, “Very soon Nagpur will have its own film city. I have also requested Nagraj Manjuleji for his support. We are in the planning of making some unique film city which will give people reason to work here. This will generate jobs for thousands of Nagpurians.”
Mayor wishes luck
Mayor Nand Jichkar wishes good luck for ‘Naal’ while expressing her view “ I have seen all this activity in my childhood as I belong to city Amravati. We also used to play with hens and pigeon, and Shrinvas acted very well. The story will take back people to their childhood.
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