Sunil Shastri: 'The biopic should inspire generations'


Mumbai, April 22 -- The makers of a biopic on Lal Bahadur Shastri want to go about things the right way. To get the details of the film right, they have roped in the former Indian Prime Minister's 63-year-old son, Sunil Shastri. The politician, who lives in New Delhi, insists that the nation is in dire need of righteous leaders such as his father. And that's why he has decided to help the debutants who are helming the biopic.
"Today, people are losing confidence in the leadership. The need of the hour is for the leadership to be able to create confidence among the masses," says Sunil, a member of Congress. The film, Jai Jawan Jai Kissan, is being produced by first-time filmmakers Madan Lal Khurana, Seema Chakerverty and Surjit Singh Saggu. It is being directed by debutant Milan Ajmera. The screenplay has been written by Dheeraj Mishra.
"They wanted to go into the minute details of his (Lal Bahadur Shastri's) life, his simplicity and devotion towards the nation. They want to capture my father's life from the time he was born, up to his term as the Prime Minister of India," says Sunil.
However, Sunil is yet to give the final go-ahead to the makers. "I am still going through the script. What they have told me so far sounds good. I think they should highlight the aspects that can inspire the coming generations," says Sunil, who has also shared his book, Lal Bahadur Shastri: Past Future, with the filmmakers. "The memoirs in the book are not political; they are my personal stories, though I only got to see him till I was 16," he says.
While the actor for Shastri's role is yet to be decided, the film will feature other established stars - Om Puri (as Dr Rajendra Prasad), Rati Agnihotri, Prem Chopra and Jatin Khurana.