In the world of Bollywood, people have to make up heroes out of thin air. But sometimes, reality provides actual heroes. Salt-of-the-earth, honest, good, and decent people, who go out and do the right thing in the face of overwhelming odds. One such person was Manjunath Shanmugham. He was an IIM graduate who took on the fuel mafia and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures brings that story to the big screen. It is hard to imagine that in this day and age, how few of us stand up for the truth. Manjunath believed in it and in doing his duty.
The movie has been directed by Sandeep A. Verma. According to the director, the story of Manjunath leaped up and captivated him. Here was a normal person, who could have joined any major corporation and made money, but instead chose to work in the rural regions of the country. While working, Manjunath found out about the adulteration and sale of said fuel. At first, the fuel mafia tried to find his price. And when he refused to be bought, the fuel mafia had him silenced. They thought it would take six bullets. Instead, his voice and message echoed throughout the nation.
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The music for this film has been composed by Parikrama. Yes, them! You might be wondering, why is a rock band composing music for a Bollywood movie. The band met with the director and the wheels were set in motion. Armed with the script, Sandeep A. Verma made his case for this film. After going through it, the band decided that this was a story worth telling. Sonam Sherpa, Nitin Malik and Subir Malik (Members of Parikrama) said, “It was not only a great opportunity but an unparalleled honour for us to be a part of such a great cause. This is probably the best one can ask for as music directors who are debuting on the silver screen. Each and every person associated with this film is very passionate about Manjunath and his story, including us."
Sandeep A. Verma said he was contacted by the people who were fighting Manjunath’s case for some creative work. In doing his research, he found out about Manjunath. Here was a person whose courage set him apart from the rest of the best and brightest. It is that story of courage that is being told here. With an amazing soundtrack from Parikrama.
So what are you waiting for? The movie will coming to the big screen soon. Book your tickets and learn about this extraordinary tale of an ordinary man.