Prolific lawyer and politician Ram Jethmalani passed away at the age of 95, on Sunday. Bollywood celebrities, political leaders, sportsmen, businessmen and many more mourned his demise. Actress Soha Ali Khan who in 2017 announced that she and her husband Kunal Kemmu would produce a biopic on the lawyer, took to her Instagram handle to post a heartwarming picture with Jethmalani and Kunal with an emotional caption. She wrote that the country lost a 'brilliant lawyer, a maverick and a rebel.' Take a look -
Kunal Kemmu, who would play Ram Jethmalani on the big screen, said bringing the journey of the prolific lawyer-politician is a massive responsibility on the team. The film will be produced by Kunal, his wife Soha Ali Khan and Ronnie Screwvala. In an interview with PTI, Kunal says, "I felt we need to tell his story as he has a 70-year-old career and a 94-year- old of life, it is so amazing. We read all the books on him. We did not have a plan, we just felt this story needs to be told whether as a series or a feature film."
"There is lot of responsibility, as it is not a work of fiction, you do fictionalise few things but primarily it is a biopic. A lot of research goes into a project like this. We needed his life rights with us, and it all happened (referring to Jethmalani giving his nod for the film), now it is a huge responsibility on us."
Kunal met Jethmalani, along with Soha, when he was 93. "We were in Delhi and I have a lot of friends who are into law. Every time there are some legal discussions, Ram Jethmalanis case studies are talked about. I was intrigued by him, his journey. He is supposed to be the God in the world of law. He has an amazing professional life and an intriguing personal life," says Kunal. The "Golmaal Returns" actor said the film will have a balanced approach towards all aspects of Jethmalani life - be it good or bad. "The biopic has to be real. You get the life rights as you want to say everything that is not in public domain. It will be all of it (positive and negative)."
In 2018, reports suggested that the producers have roped in Hansal Mehta to direct the biopic. Soha Ali Khan during an interview said that 'Ram Jethmalani is an intriguing subject who name crops up every time you speak to a lawyer'. She also further highlighted that it is a challenge to put a 70-year career and a 90-year life into a 110-minute film.
Ram Jethmalani, former Union Minister and senior advocate of Supreme Court of India and an eminent professor of law passed away on Sunday, September 8. He was 95-years-old. Ram Jethmalani breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi, his son Mahesh Jethmalani informed. Jethmalani was just six days short of his 96th birthday. His son also informed that Ram Jethmalani's last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi road crematorium.