Mumbai (Maharashtra): Actors Prateek Gandhi and Patralekha are all set to headline a film based on the lives of noted social reformers Jyotirao Govindrao Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule, the makers announced on Monday. Ananth Narayan Mahadevan will write and direct the Hindi film titled Phule. The first look of Phule, featuring the 1992 scam star and Patralekhaa, was released on Jyotirao Phule’s 195th birth anniversary. The film is supported by Content Engineers and Dancing Shiva Productions.
Gandhi said it was a “real honour” to showcase the social reformer’s legacy to the world through films. “Phule is my first biographical film and even though the challenges are huge, given the fact that he was such an inspirational Indian leader; This too is a dream role and I can’t wait to start it. Description. Some characters just come to you and I am glad that Anant sir has come to me with this film. It is wonderful that Content Engineers and Dancing Shiva have taken up the responsibility of narrating an untouched part of the lives of Mahatma Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule for millennia,” said the 41-year-old actor.
Patralekha, known for her role in Hansal Mehta’s City Lights, said she is sure that the film will be with her even after it is over. “I grew up in Shillong, Meghalaya, which boasts of a matriarchal society, so gender equality is very close to my heart. Savitribai joined hands with her husband to start the first indigenous school for girls in Pune in 1848. Mahatma Phule also supported widow remarriage and together they established an orphanage to prevent infanticide. It’s a film that will stay with me for a long time after it’s over.”
Mahadevan, who has directed films such as Me Sindhutai Sapkal, Gaur Hari Dastaan and Bittersweet, said there are many inspiring stories in the country which are “still unknown or for some reason kept secret by historians”. He further added, “Films are a great way to connect the younger generation with these unsung heroes. Jyotiba and Savitri Phule are the torchbearers of social revolution in India and I could not have asked for a better cast and team supporting this project. ,
Produced by Raj Kishore Khaware, Pranay Chokshi, Saurabh Verma, Utpal Acharya, Anuya Chauhan Kudecha and Ritesh Kudecha, Phule will release in 2023.