Late cinematographer-director Rajen Kothari’s final film, Das Capital Gulamon Ki Rajdhani, to get OTT release
Shot in 2012, the film, starring Yashpal Sharma, is being released digitally as a tribute to Rajen Kothari, who passed away after completing the film
Celebrated cinematographer Rajen Kothari's last directorial film, Das Capital - Gulamon Ki Rajdhani, is getting a release on the streaming platform Cinemapreneur on November 20. Rajen Kothari, who is known for his work on Ghayal, Zubeidaa, Mrityudand, and Godmother, passed away in 2012 after completing the film. It’s being posthumously released as an ode to his legacy by his son Pratik Rajen Kothari.
Das Capital - Gulamon Ki Rajdhani revolves around oppression and bureaucracy in rural India. The protagonist, Purshottam Ram, played by Yashpal Sharma, is torn between his duties toward his family, his corrupt employers, and a corrupt political system. The cast also includes Pratibha Sharma, Jameel Khan, KK Raina, Ravi Jhankal, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa, Anupam Shyam, and Rajpal Yadav. Written by Shaiwal, the social drama was co-directed by Rajen Kothari and Dayal Nihalani. The film's music has been composed by Amod Bhatt, while the background score is by Mangesh Dhakde.
“Das Capital is an amalgamation of my short stories Arth Tantra and Akvan Ka Coat,” Shaiwal said. “Set in the 80s, the film is a journey of a lower-middle-class Dalit man Purshottam who works as a cashier in a block office in the backdrop of grassroots bureaucracy, which is corrupt, incompetent and inhuman.”
Remembering the late Rajen Kothari, Yashpal Sharma shared, “This film has a special place in my heart. One of the reasons being Mr Rajen Kothari (director) and Mr Shaiwal (writer). Now that the film is releasing on an OTT platform, I am happy and excited. I am sure late Rajenji would also be happy up there.”
Besides Das Capital, Rajen Kothari had also directed Purush (1992) starring Om Puri, Ashwini Bhave, and Irrfan. The film was based on the iconic Marathi play of that name.