Big B to play Vijay Barse

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 08:04:21

By Subhash K Jha,

After playing a Bal Thackeray doppelganger in Ram Gopal Varmas Sarkar series, it is time for the indefatigable Amitabh Bachchan to play yet another real-life character in Sairat director Nagaraj Manjules new film -- his first in Hindi. In the film which is yet to get a title Big B plays Vijay Barse who more than a decade ago, established the Nagpur based NGO Slum Soccers which helps slum kids find their bearings through the game of football.

Though he is more than happy to speak about his adulation for Bachchan, Manjule is reluctant to talk about the project he will start shooting with the megastar in October.“Let’s just say, it is based on a real-life character. But the way I’ve written the part and the film, it moves very far away from the original source,” he said. Manjule has been writing his new Bachchan film for a good two years. “And before that I was researching on the subject. I don’t mind spending time on my script. I spent a good 8 years on the script of Sairat. I wrote it with only Bachchan Saab in mind. I’ve been his fan from childhood.

“I grew up copying his clothes, speech and mannerisms from Majboor and Deewaar. I’d go to school with my shirt tied like Bachchan Saab in ‘Deewaar’ and get severely reprimanded by my teachers. But the punishment had no effect on me. I’d still do it,” he said.