Anna is 79 years old but he is an inspiration to India’s youth. With his social work and mass movements he has not only become popular but a role model for clean and honest living.
Shashank Udapurkar who is an actor and director has made a movie on life of Kisan Baburao “Anna” Hazare. The movie is titled as ‘Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare’. This biopic on Anna Hazare is releasing on October 14, 2016.
We all know Anna Hazare. But do you know who has played reel life character of Anna in the movie? Well his name is Shashank Udapurkar. He has directed as well as acted in the movie.
Shashank Udapurkar was inspired with Anna’s life when Anna refused to come out of jail and said he will continue his agitation from the jail.
Shashank Udapurkar always wanted to make film on Anna’s life. Sometime back he decided to meet Anna at his village Ralegan Siddhi. He expressed his desire to make movie to Anna.
You wouldn’t believe that Anna advised him to make movie on ‘Gandhi’ or ‘Vivekananda’.
Finally, Anna agreed and provided all inputs to Shashank for the movie. Even Anna has promoted the movie.
In one of the interview Shashank said “My film is an inspirational one and is based on positive thoughts and messages of Anna ji”.
In another interview he said “Yes, i will be essaying the role of Anna in the film. Since its sensitive subject, it’s a responsibility on my shoulders to portray his struggles perfectly on the celluloid.”
“The movie is for the masses, I have tried to keep the story and acting real despite creative liberty. We have tried to get his life together in a span of two to three hours”.
Shashank has also revealed that this film has not relation with any controversy like the relations and spat between Anna and Arvind Kejriwal.
This is also worth mentioning that it took almost eight months for Shashank to get into looks of Anna Hazare. He had to lose weight to show young Anna and later gained 12 kgs to look like Anna of today.
“My detailed interactions with Anna helped me with the prep, being a Mahrashtrian myself the lingo was not a problem” said Shashank in an interview to India Today.
Anna has appreciated the film and efforts done by Shashank.