Rashmi Rekha Das

Pankaj Tripathi known for playing intense characters has been roped in to play former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in his biopic titled 'Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Yeh Desh Rehna Chahiye Atal'.

The film is based on the book, 'The Untold Vajpayee: Politician And Paradox' by Ullekh NP and expected to release in Christmas 2023.

Though the film was announced much before, the makers were in dilemma on choosing protagonist for the movie. After much dillydallying  Mirzapur star Pankaj Tripathi has been roped in as protagonist for the film, which will be directed by Ravi Jadhav, and is written by Utkarsh Naithani.

'Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Yeh Desh Rehna Chahiye- ATAL' revolves around the journey of former Prime Minister, one of the co-founders and a senior leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Pankaj Tripathi, who is on cloud nine after getting the offer said, “It’s my honour to portray such a humane politician on screen. He was not just a politician but so much more, he was an excellent writer and a renowned poet. Getting to be in his shoes is nothing but a privilege for an actor like me.”