Pratik Gandhi and Patraleekha to star in a biopic of social activists reformers Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule and Savitribai Phule. The film is written and directed by National Award winner Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. The first look of Film Phule has been released today on Mahatma Phule’s 195th Birth anniversary. The picture has created much curiosity as both Pratik and Patraleekha bear a striking resemblance to Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule. They both are activist-reformers who had campaigned against untouchability and the caste system.
Founding the Satyashodhak Samaj (Society of Truth Seekers) demanding equal rights for the lower classes. Savitribai and Mahatma Phule were also the pioneers of women’s education. An excited Pratik says, “It’s a real honor to take Mahatma Phule’s legacy to the world. Phule is my first biographical film and even though the challenges are huge, given the fact that he was such an inspirational Indian leader; it’s also a dream role and I can’t wait to get started.”
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He continues, “I remember saying yes immediately after hearing the narration. Some characters just come to you and I am glad that Ananth sir came to me with this film. It’s wonderful that Content Engineers and Dancing Shiva have taken the responsibility of telling an unexplored part of Mahatma Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule’s life to the millennials.”
Phule, starring Pratik Gandhi and Patralekhaa, directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Produced by Dr. Raj Kishor Khaware, Pranay Chokshi, Saurabh Varma, Utpal Acharya, Anuya Chauhan Kudecha, and Ritesh Kudecha, is slated to release in 2023.