Film producer-director Mahesh Manjrekar on Monday announced a biopic titled Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli on the life and literature of Pu La Deshpande. The announcement comes close to the centenary year celebration of Pu La, which kickstarts from November 8. The film is set to release on January 4, 2019.
“I need not tell you how much the Marathi people love Pu La, after all he lives in the heart of every Maharashtrian. All of us have enjoyed his writing, acting, oratory, music, singing. He gave immense happiness to Maharashtra. Many of us know about his charity, generosity, social commitments but not much is known about his personal life and Pu La as a human being. My attempt would be to discover his personality and bring out his untold story through this film,” said Mahesh who is directing the project.
The movie will be produced jointly by Mahesh Manjrekar Movies, Phalke’s Factory — A Film Management Company and Great Maratha Entertainment. While veteran playwright Ratnakar Matkari has written the dialogues for the movie and Ganesh Matkari has created the script.
According to several reports, Sagar Deshpande is set to play the title role, which will showcase Pu La’s educational career and hardships in early life and career in the film industry, his relationship with life partner Sunita Deshpande, his successful career in All India Radio, his association with veteran social worker Baba Amte, his stand on various social and political happenings including the Emergency, his journey as a theatre actor, his experience in Santiniketan and the travelogues he had written after his world tour.