Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 17, 2017)

Mirror (May 3) had earlier reported that National Award-winning director Rajesh Mapuskar would start on a musical next, produced by Ashutosh Gowariker who had played the protagonist in his comedy-drama Ventilator. But before beginning work on this project, Rajesh will be directing a 55-second video, a tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke, featuring Sunny Pawar who played the younger Saroo Brierley in Garth Davis's BAFTA-winning film Lion.

After he wrapped up Ventilator, Rajesh was approached by Vinod Tawde, State Education Minister, Marathi Bhasha, Cultural Affairs, to create awareness about the Father of Indian cinema. “I was excited and immediately came on board,“ says Rajesh.

The story is set in Maharashtra and starts with a child wondering who made the first film. “Some cosmic intervention happens and he is transported back in time to see Dadasaheb Phalke taking the first shot of Raja Harishchandra. The plan is to attach the video to the National Anthem when aired in cinemas across the state before a film begins,“ informs Rajesh who will be shooting with Sunny in a village near Satara on August 2 and 4. “I've seen Lion and I loved him. This character required a certain innocence and Sunny fits the bill. With Lion, he has gone to Hollywood and seen the best of the industry. I'm sure he must be curious to know who has made the first film. I can't wait to start shooting."