Manoj had plans to cast Amitabh Bachchan who had acted in his Roti Kapda Aur Makan in the lead role but due to his prior commitments has dropped the idea. If sources close to the legendary actor are to be believed he has zeroed in on perfectionist actor Aamir Khan. The movie will portray the life of Shastri, a key figure in Indian independence moment and one of India's most dynamic Prime Ministers.
It may be recalled that after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Lal Bahadur Shastri asked Manoj to create a film based on the popular slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kissan'. The result was Kumar's magnum opus directorial debut Upkaar in 1967 where he played both a soldier and a farmer. The film was also noted for the famous song 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti'.