Dancing Shiva and Content Engineers have announced their first collaboration with the uber talented artists – Pratik Gandhi and Patralekha for the biopic ‘Phule’.
The two noted actors will be essaying the role of reformer and social activist Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule.
The two reformers were considered ahead of their time in thought and vision. The movie ‘Phule’ will be written and directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan (national award winner) and the makers are targeting a global release for this one.
The first look of the movie has been released today, April 11, to mark the 195th birth anniversary of Mahatma Phule.
The first look has generated a lot of interest in the movie as both Pratik Gandhi and Patralekha bear a striking resemblance to the social reformer activist and his wife.
Mahatma Phule was an active campaigner against societal evils of untouchability and caste system and he founded the Satyashodhak Samaj, the core of which was to demand equal rights for the lower classes.
Savitribai and her husband were also considered pioneers of education for women in India.
Pratik Gandhi posted the first look on his Instagram. Speaking about the movie, he said, “It’s a real honour to take Mahatma Phule’s legacy to the world. Phule is my first biographical film and even though the challenges are huge, given the fact that he was such an inspirational Indian leader; it’s also a dream role and I can’t wait to get started. I remember saying yes immediately after hearing the narration. Some characters just come to you and I am glad that Ananth sir came to me with this film. It’s wonderful that Content Engineers and Dancing Shiva have taken the responsibility of telling an unexplored part of Mahatma Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule’s life to the millennials.”
Patralekha who will be playing Savitribai in the movie, revealed that she grew up in Shillong, Meghalaya, which is known to be a matriarchal society. The actress said that gender equality is a subject very close to her heart. The actress said, “Savitribai joined hands with her husband to start the first indigenously-run school for girls in Pune way back in 1848. Mahatma Phule also championed widow remarriage and together they set up an orphanage to prevent infanticide. This is one film that will stay with me long after it is over.”
Writer, actor, director, Ananth Mahadevan has over the years established himself as a noted and renowned filmmaker. He has worked on acclaimed biopics like ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’ and ‘Gour Hari Dastaan’, ‘Mai Ghat’ and ‘Bittersweet’.
‘Phule’ is slated to release in 2023.