The happenings and controversies surrounding Aarakshan has not faded away the determination of director Prakash Jha and mega star Amitabh Bachchan. After dealing with important issues like reservations and commercialisation of eduction in the Indian society in, the duo will now make a film on corruption in Indian politics, titled Satyagraha.
The film is scheduled to go on floors in January will address a peaceful mass protest against corruption, like the one currently going on in India, the Anna Hazare movement. Prakash Jha informs that he is currently working on the script of Satyagraha. He further reveals that the cast of the film has not yet been finalised, however Amitabh Bachchan will definitely be a part of the film.
Mr. Bachchan, apparently will play the role of a peaceful crusader, like Hazare or Gandhi, who alone will lead the protest against corruption. Jha however, says that there will be huge fundamental difference between the film and real life. "The upsurge of mass protest against corruption that Anna Hazare has generated is indeed unprecedented and remarkable. However, what bothers me is that only one opinion is prevailing in this movement towards eradicating corruption, and that could damage the whole noble purpose of the protest. It is the Lok Pal bill the way Anna Hazare saab wills it to be, or not at all. There has to be a less hardline approach to a matter as deep-rooted as corruption," views Praksha Jha (Mid Day)
The director further states that the fight against corruption should be more focused and specific in its motivation. “For instance, why not start by simply campaigning against anyone giving or taking a bribe?" says Jha. Amitabh's character in Satyagraha will have plenty of element of Hazare. Prakash informs that the protagonist in his film will film corruption at the state level, unlike Hazare at the national level.
"Isn't that the way my films and protagonists always are? I think it's important for any movement to be rooted to a specific population. It's the only way it can be effective," says Jha