The pinch hitter in offbeat and art cinemas with eight national crowns to his credit P Seshadri is on another pivotal film of his career ‘Mohanadas’ – the childhood of Mahatma Gandhi that is based on Mohammad Boluwar ‘Papu Gandhi Ada Bapu Gandhi’.
Apparently this important cinema in the career of P Seshadri is also produced by him and made in Kannada, Hindi and English languages.
According to the plan of most disciplined and dedicated director P Seshadri the invitation to Ben Kingsley who played Mahatma Gandhi role in Richard Attenborough ‘Gandhi’ is extended to be part of the premiere show, The big B of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan is consulted for a Bioscope portion narration to the start of the film on silver screen.
He has roped in veteran Hindi and Marathi writer, director and actor Anant Mahadevan to play Mahatma Gandhi father Karamchand Gandhi role while the most popular Shruthi of 175 films is in the role of Mahatma Gandhi mother role Puthalibayi.
At the ancient building the shooting of ‘Mohanadas’ was in progress when media visited on Wednesday afternoon. Karamchand Gandhi pushing his young son Mohandas to aside to express his anger on his letter of admission was the shot planned by P Seshadri.
The most interesting factor is that senior cameraman Bhasker who was in the team of ‘Gandhi’ of Richard Attenborough is handling the younger days Gandhi in his camera with his own class.
It is a simultaneous shooting for three languages says P Seshadri. He had invited the media after ‘Vimukthi’ shooting to the spot.
The film is to coincide with the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. As of now the plan is to release this ‘Mohanadas’ in all three languages on October 2 this year.
Param of Mysuru is performing in 7 years age of Gandhiji while Samarth of Sanchari theatre troupe studying in 10th standard is playing adolescent Gandhiji role. Samarth twin sister Jyothirmayi is playing the sister role in this trilingual film. Nandini is playing a small but interesting role of prostitute, Shashikumar a veteran actor is on board. The friends of Mohanadasa who taught him to smoke and eat non vegetarian are played by Soorya and Madhav. Pravin Godkindi is scoring music for two songs in this film.
A portion of shooting was held at Por Bandar says P Seshadri. JM Prahallad is on script work with him, Hosmane Murthy is extending art direction.
Ananth Mahadevan of nearly four decades stint in Hindi, Marathi and a few other languages is thrilled with this first Kannada film of his career. In fact the Subbu role in ‘Ghar Jamai’ TV serial Anand Mahadevan appeared as a Kannada speaking guy in those days. This is a very significant film according to Anant Mahadevan. As a director too he has not given any suggestions to P Seshadri. I am a director actor he stated for a question.
Veteran actress of 173 films Shruthi was super excited with P Seshadri offered a role for her of Puthalibai. Shruthi was waiting for an offer to work in P Seshadri and as mother of Mohanadasa she is the key inspiration. Applauding the nature of work Shruthi stated for today media meet I came from a dubbing but was given costume of the film to sit before the media she pointed. We have to sometime create history or work in history created personalities films she observed.