Biopic On Anna Hazare To Be Released On Oct 14


New Delhi: The much-awaited biopic on anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare will be released on October 14. The film will be released in the national capital as well as other cities of the country, Anna’s aide informed India Today. It is yet not certain whether Anna – originally called Kisan Baburao Hazare – will remain present in Delhi during the release of the movie.

The biopic shows true events related to his struggles as Kisan, a village boy who questions the purpose of life. It includes his days as a driver in the Indian Army, work on watershed development and transformation of Ralegan Siddhi from a drought-prone village to a greenland and, finally, his fight against corruption.

However, the film does not show Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with whom he had launched the famous August 2011 movement in Ramlila Maidan to press the enactment of Jan Lokpal Bill. This movement had propelled Anna at the national stage. But Kejriwal has ostensibly been left out to avoid any negativity to crop up in the film.

Later, Anna and Kejriwal parted ways over the question of forming a political party to fight corruption. While Anna was against such a move, Kejriwal was in favour of politically taking on the ruling dispensation.

The love-hate relationship between the two has continued since then. At times, Anna has praised Kejriwal. For instance, this January, he said his protégé had not taken any wrong step after becoming chief minister.

But on most occasions, the 79-year-old crusader has been critical of Kejriwal and his government. He had even disallowed Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party to use his photograph on the

Anna expressed deep anguish on September 5 over the sex scandal of former Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar. “I am very hurt… When he (Kejriwal) was with me, he wrote a book on gram swaraj… Will we call this gram swaraj? That’s why I am very sad. The hope with which I was looking at him (Kejriwal) is over,” he said.

Meanwhile, the poster of the biopic, which features Shashank Udapurkar as Anna, was released in June. Udapurkar has directed the film. Tanisha Mukerji, who was last seen in Big Boss, has played the role of a journalist in this film.