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Ayushmann Khuranna to do a biopic on scientist

Shalvi Mangaokar and Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 05, 2013
First Published: 10:37 IST(5/9/2013) | Last Updated: 13:00 IST(5/9/2013)

Ayushmann Khurrana, who made his debut last year with actor-turned-producer John Abraham’s Vicky Donor, is all set to join the league of actors doing biopics. We have come to know that the actor will be seen in a movie, tentatively titled Bombay Fairytale, which is a biopic on the life of Shivkar Talpade, who is believed to have constructed and flown India’s first unmanned airplane in 1895.

A source close to the project’s team reveals, “The film will be produced by Guneet Monga and will be directed by debutant director Vibhu Puri. Vibhu was filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first assistant director and also the writer of Saawariya (2007). He was later going to do a film called Chenab Gandhi three years ago, which was supposed to star actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajeev Khandelwal and Vidya Balan, but the project later got shelved due to an apparent fallout between him and Bhansali.” It was also later reported that Vibhu would make his directorial debut with the film, which would star actor Abhay Deol.  

The source further adds, “This biopic will go on floors this month. It will be quite challenging for Ayushmann as he is Punjabi and he would be playing the role of a Maharashtrian. He has to work on getting his mannerisms and accent just right as there’s a certain way Maharashtrian’s speak. Also, a lot of people may not know of the person so it is written and will be presented in a manner that it will connect with the audience.” The actor has apparently already started researching his subject.

Who’s Shivkar Talpade?
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, along with Subbaraya Shastry, is believed to have constructed and flown India’s first unmanned airplane in the year 1895. This supposedly took place eight years before the Wright brothers’ (Orville and Wilbur) famous flight on board the Wright Flyer, the first human-controlled airplane. Talpade’s aircraft was named Marutsakha, meaning flying friend. He lived in Mumbai and was a scholar in Sanskrit literature and the Vedas.

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