The Shahenshah of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan will be next seen in Jhund. The film has already whipped up a lot of anticipation, especially after Bachchan shared a picture of himself from the sets earlier this month. Jhund will mark the Bollywood directorial debut of ‘Sairat’ director, Nagraj Manjule. Bachchan’s character in the movie is said to be based on the real-life experiences of Vijay Barse, a retired sports teacher and founder of an NGO called 'Slum Soccer' in Nagpur.
Jhund is based on an inspirational real life story. The protagonist Vijay Barse is a retired sports professor from the Hislop college in Nagpur. He reportedly once saw a group of slum kids playing football with a small buck. He noticed that they were so invested in playing the sport that they steered clear of being a part of any other activities in their surroundings. Barse decided to organize a tournament with some of his college friends and make slum children take part in it. In 2001, Barse reportedly planned a slum soccer tournament in Nagpur and as many as 128 teams took part in the tournament. He also reportedly built a football academy near Nagpur for the underprivileged from the Rs. 18 lakhs he received post retirement.
Vijay Barse’s son, Abhijeet revealed that his father also worked for cross-border peace. In 2012, Barse was honoured with the 'real hero' award by Sachin Tendulkar. In 2014, Barse featured in the first episode of the Aamir Khan show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ . After his appearance on 'Satyamev Jayate' , Barse came in to public glare with his life's work been appreciated across the country.
T 3275 - striding out of the end of another .. last shots tonight for JHUND .. 💞🙏 pic.twitter.com/JfU7q79PxO— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 31, 2019
Jhund is all set to be released on September 20 this year. The film will also see 'Sairat' lead actors Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar. Teaming up with Senior Bachchan for the project is a “dream come true” for Manjule who won accolades for his Marathi film Sairat. Manjule recently said in an interview “He has always been my favourite legend and there was nobody other than him who fit the role perfectly and to do justice to this particular character. In fact, the other people in the film are all new, and since I have been known to work with fresh talent, I think the combination of Mr Bachchan with this young team will be something to watch out for.”
Big B mentioned the film in one of his earlier social media posts. “The people here are a bunch of slum kids who meet the guy who takes them from a life of misdeeds to one of responsible nature and character. A biography in a sense. It is the life of a living human who actually did this and it’s in Pune,” Bachchan said.
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