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Film on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad set to hit theatres on Jan 18

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Scholar and freedom fighter Maulana Azad's firm belief in Hindu-Muslim unity and his opposition to partition in the pre-Independence days will be the highlight of a new feature film, which is set to hit the theatres on January 18.

Rajendra Sanjay, who penned the story and co-directed the film 'Woh Massiah-Maulana Azad', said the younger generation should get to know what the freedom fighter stood for, in times of crisis.

"The film talks about Azad's principles, his belief in communal harmony, secularist views which was not coloured by any religion and faith in humanity," Sanjay, who visited the city along with Linesh Fanse and Sanjay Singh Negi, said at a press meet Saturday.

The film will show the events that shaped Azad's life, turning him into a "true mass leader", he said.

"As someone who believed in united and Hindu- Muslim unity, he had fervently hoped the partition can be avoided. But that wasn't the case," the told after the press meet.

'Woh Massiah-Maulana Azad' will also dwell on the phase Azad came into contact with in 1920 in Delhi, his house arrest for publication of two magazines which propagated nationalist ideas in and other defining moments, he stated.

The film will also have references to post- Independence period, following Gandhiji's assassination, Sanjay added.

Negi said "very few remember Azad as had introduced science and technology as subject in our education system".

The censor board has passed the two-hour-long Hindi film, mostly shot in Kolkata, and Delhi, without a single cut, he claimed.

Sharing his experience, Fanse, who plays the titular role, said he had auditioned for Muhammad Ali Jinnah's role, but the directors insisted he played Azad.

"The directors suggested that I would be suitable for the role of Azad. I had to learn Hindu and Urdu for the role," he added.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 11:15 IST