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All about Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior

All about Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior


Director: Om Raut
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Jagapathi Babu, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar
Release date: January 10
What's it about:
 A period war drama based on the life of the 17th century Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare.





Why Ajay Devgn didn't make a film on Shivaji


'I have started a series called Unsung Warriors.'
'This time, the film is about Tanhaji. The next film will be on someone from Rajasthan or maybe Punjab.'
'I don't want to pick a warrior that everyone knows about.'

Why is Ajay Devgn making a movie on Tanaji Malusare, the military leader in Shivaji's army?
The actor, who leads the cast of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, has a beautiful reply for us.
"When the British came to India, they did expunged stories of bravery from our textbooks. We don't have history that inspires us and tells us how we fought for our independence. That is why we started a series on Unsung Warriors, so that the entire nation knows about such heroes," Ajay tells Rediff.com Contributor Mohnish Singh.
Why did you make Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior in 3D?
The look and technology (required it).
It is a different kind of a film.
This is not a comedy film, this is a 3D film.
If you watch it in 2D, you will enjoy 50%. We have designed the film in 3D.
Generally, what a lot of filmmakers do is that they convert their films into 3D.
We have not shot our film in 3D. We have used a different technology, which you don't see in India.
Even a lot of Hollywood films don't have such 3D technology.
The kind of visuals we have created have never been done before.



You have always had a great fascination for technology.
I have always thought that we can do things as good as or better than them (Hollywood) with our limited budget. Their budgets run into 1,000, 2,000 crores, whereas we hardly have Rs 100 crores at our disposal to make a film.

From the first CGI to the first Helicam to first Panavision camera, I have brought everything to the country.
My CGI company started with that and today it is one of the biggest CGI companies in India.
I am very proud of the product we have created.
Drama and story are already there, but we used technology to enhance everything and it has come out fabulous.
And it's all made in India.
We have not taken any help from overseas.
For the action choreography, we did hire one or two technicians from abroad, but as far as the other technological departments are concerned, it's all Indian.


What motivated you to make Tanhaji?
Two things. I have started a series called Unsung Warriors.
In Maharashtra, everyone knows Tanhaji, so he is not an unsung warrior. He is a famous warrior here. He fought for the whole country.
He fought with Aurangzeb who ruled Delhi.
Aurangzeb's plan was to annex Kondhana so that he could take over the whole of the south. But because of Tanhaji, he could not do that.
But how many people know him outside Maharashtra? Up North, nobody knows him.
He has been relegated to a paragraph in our history books, that's it.
Also, I feel that when the British came to India, they altered our entire education system.
The first thing they did was expunge stories of bravery from our textbooks. They thought if Indians would read about the bravery and sacrifices of soldiers like Tanhaji, they may raise their voices and revolt against the Britishers.
After the British left our country, we did not make an attempt to alter our textbooks.
What is there in our history books today? There are some chapters on the British and the Mughals and some foreign history.
We don't have history that inspires us and tells us how we fought for our independence.
That is why we started a series on Unsung Warriors, so that the entire nation knows about such heroes.

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