Filmmaker Ketan Mehta, who has won multiple National Film Awards winner for films like Bhavni Bhavai and Sardar is all set to be making a return to films after a small hiatus. Even though he had a film back in 2018, his most notable film in the recent past was the critically an commercially successful film, Manjhi: The Mountain Main back in 2015. Now, he is all set to be developing the biopic of his aunt - freedom fighter Usha Mehta. The final draft of the story is being worked upon, the filmmaker and his team have simultaneously started working on the recreation of the era.
A source was quoted saying, “Mehta’s team has reached out to well-known art directors who have a sound knowledge of the era. A team of historians are vetting everything to ensure that the period is holistically depicted. The pre-independence era is vast and things were changing year on year due to the socio-political changes. From the fabrics that will be used to the articles placed, the team has already begun the process of world-building.
The 1920s, 1930s and 1940s which are the decades that capture maximum screen time has to be rendered with detailing. A large part of the action will be set in old Bombay for which the crew has kickstarted their recces. The film will be mounted on a lavish budget and will be shot in sets recreating the period as well as multiple real locations. It will also have a fair share of VFX work to support the grandeur.”
The source further added, “Ketan sir has a lot of first-hand anecdotes from his aunt and many personal items, notes and diaries which we are referencing from.”