Filmmaker Nagraj Manjule talks about his film Jhund with Amitabh Bachchan

Nagraj Manjule

Starring Amitabh Bachchan jhund finally saw the OTT light this Friday, and filmmaker Nagraj Manjule is beaming with joy over its digital release. Based on the life of football manager Vijay Barse, the film features Bachchan as a person named Vijay Borade who works for the upliftment of underprivileged children.

Amitabh Bachchan and Nagraj Manjule on the sets of jhund

“I was deeply moved by Vijay’s story and was immediately convinced that the world needed to hear his story too. Amit Ji has undoubtedly worked the magic on screen and the character is well out,” shares Nagraj who won the National Film Award for his films. Pistulya, Fandry, Pavasacha Nibandha, and Naal.

The film was released on Zee5 after a hiatus since its theatrical release due to an order from the Telangana High Court regarding a copyright infringement case.

Speaking on the importance of films, Nagraj shares, “Film can be a great conversation starter and I believe in using art to unlock the mysteries of the earth. It is similar to any other art form that offers you a glimpse of the time when they were created. If you want to know more about the world 1000 years ago, you’ll have to dig up a poem, a piece of literature, or a movie. A film’s impact may not change the world, but it can be a small contribution to a bigger change.

Reel & Real: Amitabh Bachchan with football coach Vijay Barse

Jhund sheds light on the life of Vijay, himself a slum dweller, and traces his struggle to achieve his dream. The protagonist uses his life experience to blaze a trail for himself and his community to break down social barriers, inspiring millions of young people to be passionate about their dreams and to make them happen with dedication and determination. Vijay then set up Slum Soccer, an organization that works for the welfare and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with a keen sense of football.

The film also features famed actors Sairat Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar and Tanaji Galgunde in prominent characters alongside Sayli Patil, Vicky Kadian, Kishor Kadam and Bharat Ganeshpure in key roles.

Jhund is now streaming on Zee5.

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