Hyderabad, August 17 - The historic Bengali novel, Anandamath by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay is getting a film adaptation soon. Titled 1770
, the pan-India film will be directed by SS Rajamouli protégé Ashwin Gangaraju and it is being created by author-filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
Ashwin Gangaraju has assisted maverick filmmaker SS Rajamouli in "Eega" and "Baahubali" (both series). He made his debut as a director with the critically acclaimed film "Aakashvani" in 2021. Legendary V Vijayendra Prasad is writing the story and screenplay of "1770".
"This subject was a huge challenge for me, but with legendary V Vijayendra Prasad sir writing the adapted story and screenplay, I think what we have on paper is a blockbuster cinematic experience", affirms director Ashwin Gangaraju.
"As a filmmaker, I'm more drawn towards the stories which have periodic setups, bigger emotions, scope for larger than life action, etc and this is something that sits in perfectly for me. Initially, I was a little skeptical but I spoke to Ram Kamal Mukherjee and after listening to his vision I gained confidence", he added.
The motion poster for "1770" has been released to mark 150 years of Vande Mataram, the song that appeared first in Bankim Chandra's novel Anandamath, which almost shook the roots of the British Empire. "I feel that Vande Mataram was a magical word. It was a mantra that was given by Maharishi Bankim Chandra for a nation to unite against tyranny and injustice. In 1770, we dealt with the story of unknown warriors who ignited the fire of the freedom movement", V Vijayendra Prasad said.
The movie will be produced by Shhailendra Kkumar, Sujayy Kuttiy, Krishna Kumar B, and Suraj Sharma and they feel that it is a right in India to make larger-than-life cinema. The makers will lock the main lead before Dassera, and by Diwali, they will announce the cast of the film. It will be made in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali.