Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s, who is known for films like Rang De Basanti‘ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘, ‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, has been locked for release on Gandhi Jayanti this year. “It will release on October 2. Written by Hussain Dalal and Manoj Mairta, ‘Mere Pyaare Prime Minister’ highlights a mother-son relationship, teaches about hope and taking charge of a situation. The film also stars Makrand Deshpande, Sonia Albizuri, Niteesh Wadhwa in pivotal roles. The film is inspired by Gandhiji, so it’s a relevant date,” Mehra told IANS here.

“We could have released the film now, but it’s an ode to the Father of the Nation, so…,” the filmmaker added. The movie, which Mehra has shot in the Mumbai slums, will tell the story of a slum boy who wants to build a toilet for his mother. It brings to light sanitation issues through four children, real extras from slums and National Award-winning actress Anjali Patil. ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor In Hrithik Roshan Out Of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Kabaddi?

Gandhi also plays a part, says Mehra. “Gandhi is a recurring motif in the film… It comes many times…. four times in the film,” said the filmmaker, who recounted how a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram and looking at Gandhi’s statue impacted him. He further added, “We recreated the statue for the film in a slum colony in Mumbai.” Written by Hussain Dalal, Manoj Mairta, the film also stars Makrand Deshpande, Sonia Albizuri, Niteesh Wadhwa in pivotal roles. Watch this space for further updates.