Exclusive: Akshay Kumar in talks for film about RSS
The National Award-winning actor is likely to play one of the leads in the film to be bankrolled by Lahari Recording Company
Baahubali writer Vijayendra Prasad is developing a film on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chronicling the lives of its chiefs including Dr KB Hedgewar, Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, popularly referred to as Guruji by the RSS cadres. For the last few months, Prasad along with his team of writers, has been working on the film which charts the struggles and triumphs of the RSS head honchos. Tentatively titled RSS, the film, whose estimated budget is Rs 100 crore, is likely to feature Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in the lead.
"The makers have initiated talks with Akshay Kumar and have received a positive response. He will play the protagonist of the film, which will be shot in Hindi and eventually dubbed into Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and other languages. Prasad and his team are doing extensive research with the help of several Hindu outfit leaders and will soon leave for RSS headquarters, Nagpur to meet the incumbent chief Mohan Bhagwat and other top brass to gather various details about the film," says a source.
It is learnt Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have extended their blessings to the project which is said to be a counter to Thackeray, Shiv Sena's patriarch Bal Thackeray's biopic. "As Shiv Sena is coming up with a biopic on Balasaheb, the BJP leaders have realised they need to tell the world about the endeavours of RSS leaders and hence this project," adds the source.
RSS will be produced jointly by Karnataka BJP leader and Lahari Recording Company owner G Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) and his brother G Manohar Naidu. A host of Bollywood stars, technicians and director are expected to be roped in for the film, which is likely to go on floors later this year.