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Pankaj Tripathi to play lead role in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s biopic

MUMBAI: Actor Pankaj Tripathi is all set to play the role of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s biopic was announced on Friday. The name of the film has been kept- ‘Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Ye Desh Rehna Chahiye-Atal’.

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

Ravi Jadhav is directing this film while written by Utkarsh Naithani. Ravi Jadhav has been a National Award winner director three times.

The film revolves around the life of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the founders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a senior leader of the party.

Speaking about playing Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pankaj Tripathi said, “India is not a piece of land, it is a living nation, I consider it my good fortune that I am getting the opportunity to realize the role of the great leader Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, who wrote these lines, on the big screen. Yes.”

Pankaj Tripathi said that he is honored to play the role of Vajpayee, a leader with a multifaceted personality.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the co-founder and first president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a breakaway faction and successor of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He served two short terms and a full term (from 1999-2004) as Indian Prime Minister. Having retired from active politics, he passed away in August, 2018 at the age of 93. 

Co-incidentally, actor Shreyas Talpade will be seen in the role of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Kangana Ranaut’s Emergency.

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