Nana to play a revolutionary in Marathi flick

Thane: Actor Nana Patekar will essay the character of the dacoit-turned-revolutionary Umaji Naik, who was the first freedom fighter to be hanged by the Britishers, in the upcoming Marathi flick.

Announcing the venture, Jayprakash Ghumatkar, whose previous movie based on blind faith had created quite a sensation, told reporters that Patekar would be playing the character of Naik, a nineteenth century dacoit from Ramoshi community who became revolutionary to fight against the Raj.

Ghumatkar also said that his previous flick titled `Bhanamati`, which did well in rural Maharashtra, would be launched in Mumbai and Thane on the occasion of Gudhi Padwa (Marathi new year). He also said that his another Marathi movie "Dhavre Vitthala" will be released soon.

Giving details of the project, Ghumatkar said Umaji Naik Khomane (September 7, 1791 – February 3, 1832) had raised a small army against the British after the fall of Maratha empire. "His anti-British manifesto had appealed to the fellow country-men to fight against the foreign rulers. To capture him, the British Government had announced a bounty of Rs 5,000," the director said.

Umaji was subsequently captured and hanged in Pune. "Mine would be a low-budget film unlike other big ticket Marathi films," Ghumatkar said.