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  • After 60 years, Bombay Talkies is set to produce biopic

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By Anand Mishra

Mumbai, Jan 22 (PTI)
Indian cinema's prominent studio, Bombay Talkies Studios is all set to open after a long hiatus of over six decades as the production house gears up to come up with a biopic on freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

Established by filmmaker Himanshu Roy and legendary actress Devika Rani in 1934, the studio is coming up with biopic titled, "Rashtraputra - The Commander of Surgical Strikes", 64 years after it defunct in 1954, said Dr Manoj Dubey, COO of the studio, commonly known as Bombay Talkies.

Dubey is a family member of Bombay Talkies's co-owner Rajnarayan Dubey, who was also among the founding members of the studio, which during the pre-independence era had facilities like sound and echo-proof stages, laboratories, editing rooms and a preview theatre on the lines of an international studio.

The biopic, directed by debutante Aazaad, has been produced in five languages in English, Tamil, Telugu and Panjabi, besides Hindi and is slated to release countrywide in March, Dubey said.

The film has been shot in locations like Allahabad, Jhansi, Delhi where Chandrashekhar Azad carried out the freedom struggle.

Aazaad, who has also written the film and plays the lead of the freedom fighter, said, "This is the most well-researched story based on the true life events of Chandrashekhar Azad."

"The promo launch tomorrow would mark the revival of the studio and with this, rumours related to Bombay Talkies will end...we would see beginning of a new era in the Hindi film industry," he said.

He said the post-production work of the film is underway and the promo launch tomorrow coincides with the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and leader late Bal Thackeray, on January 23.

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