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Atal Bihari Vajpayee inspires film role

Bollywood actor Anjan Srivastav will play the role of a politician closely modelled on former Prime Minister and BJP leader, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The film, Wake Up India, is currently under production. Read on for details.

bollywood Updated: Jun 10, 2011 16:38 IST
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Bollywood actor Anjan Srivastav will play the role of a politician closely modelled on former Prime Minister and BJP leader, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The film, Wake Up India, is currently under production. The film was formerly called Democrazy, but was renamed as the title rights belonged to Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Santoshi Production.

Though Srivastav is not portrayed as the Indian PM in the film, his look says it all. Says Srivastav, “I play Abhay Singh Tomar, who’s the Chief Minister of a north Indian state. I am someone who resigns from the party when the opposition bribes him with Rs 500 crore.” Former national cricketer, Sandeep Patil’s son, Chirag, will also make his debut with this film. Though he plays the lead along with Marathi actor Sai Tamankar, it’s Srivastav’s character, which dominates the film.

“Srivastav’s character does resemble Atal Bihari Vajpayee and looks candid. Like Atalji, he plays someone who is constantly portrayed as a vigilant leader. We wanted the film to be an eye-opener for the common man,” says Bablu Seshadri, director and editor, adding, “In our country, the government doesn’t take a stand. When people want something, they go to politicians, but they don’t get anything in return. In such a scenario, people will revolt. It’s like Baba Ramdev asking the government for certain things. Similar things happen in my film.”

Wake Up India is slated for an August release. The low-budget film doesn’t have major stars, but does showcase character actors like Mohan Joshi, Milind Gunaji, Anand Jog and comedian Asrani, who plays a minister. The present mayor of Agra, Ajula Singh Mahor, plays the leader of the feminist group in the film.