Actor Nana Patekar will essay the character of dacoit-turned-revolutionary Umaji Naik, who was the first freedom fighter to be hanged by the Britishers, in an upcoming Marathi flick.
Announcing the venture, Jayprakash Ghumatkar, whose previous movie that was based on blind faith created quite a sensation, told reporters that Patekar would be playing the character of Naik, a 19th century dacoit from Ramoshi community who became revolutionary to fight against the Raj.
Ghumatkar also said that his previous flick titled Bhanamati, which did well in rural Maharashtra, would be launched in Mumbai and Thane on the occasion of Gudhi Padwa (Marathi new year).
Giving details about his film starring Patekar, Ghumatkar said Umaji Naik Khomane (Sep 7, 1791 – Feb 3, 1832) had raised a small army against the British after the fall of Maratha empire. “His anti-British manifesto had appealed to the fellow country-men to fight against the foreign rulers. To capture him, the British Government had announced a bounty of Rs 5,000,” the director said.
Umaji was subsequently captured and hanged in Pune. “Mine would be a low-budget film unlike other big ticket Marathi films,” Ghumatkar said.