Marking Bollywood directorial debut of Nagraj Manjule, Jhund, starring Amitabh Bachchan, has finally got a release date and will be hitting the cinema screens on September 20 this year. Nagraj, who is credited with Marathi superhit film Sairat, feels it is a “dream come true” working with Amitabh.
Speaking to Indian Express, Nagraj said, “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.”
Taking to his Twitter account, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared, “Release date finalised… #Jhund, starring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by #Sairat director Nagraj Manjule, to release on 20 Sept 2019… Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Savita Raj Hiremath and Nagraj Manjule” (sic).
Amitabh essays the role of a soccer coach who motivates slum children to play soccer and becomes the founder of the village kids team of football.
The movie is based on 73-year old Vijay Barse, a man who had changed the lives of hundreds of slum children through soccer. A retired sports teacher, Vijay founded an NGO called Slum Soccer and managed to rehabilitate street kids by keeping them off drugs and crime by turning them into soccer players and eventually building a whole team.
Shot in parts of Nagpur in Maharashtra, Amitabh, who began shooting for the film in December 2018, was seen sharing glimpses of his shoot life on his social media handles as he relived his childhood nostalgia of rustic life on the film’s sets.
The movie marks the first collaboration between Senior Bachchan and Nagraj and is bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Savita Raj Hiremath and Nagraj Manjule.