Well-known director Nagraj Manjule is all set to make his debut in Hindi this week as his much-anticipated movie Jhund gears up for a theatrical release. Featuring Amitabh Bachchan, the film is based on the life of NGO of Slum Soccer Vijay Barse. In a media chat, the filmmaker disclosed why he decided to make the film in Hindi and working with Amitabh Bachchan.
Film Jhund initially began in 2017 but the producers backed out before producer Bhushan Kumar could revive the project in 2018. Talking about the hard time, director Manjule told, "I learnt the ability to power through this phase. Sometimes, things fall apart for the better. We had a set in Pune that we had to pull down. But it turned out to be (an advantage) as we eventually shot in Nagpur, where the story is originally set. Sometimes, I would get worried, but I had that zidd to make the film. I wouldn’t get the chance to work with Bachchan sir again. More than that, I had shown a dream to the kids, and I couldn’t take that away from them."
When asked about working with Big B, Nagraj Manjule confesses he was star struck. Recalling his first meeting with the megastar, the Sairat maker revealed, “I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid. But as a director, I knew I couldn’t be starry-eyed. I had to remind myself that I am making a movie with him."
Jhund hits theatres on 4 March, 2022.