Ankita Lokhande joins Randeep Hooda-directed biopic of Vinayak freedom fighter Damodar Savarkar

Ankita Lokhande has been cast as the leading lady opposite Randeep Hooda in the upcoming biopic about the late freedom fighter, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Title Swatantra Veer Savarkarthe film also marks Hooda’s directorial debut after filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar reportedly stepped down for unknown reasons.

Born in May 1883, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was a lawyer, politician and activist who gained fame for coining the term ‘hindutva’. The biopic will be released on May 26, 2023, as it would mark Savarkar’s 140th birthday.

Ankita Lokhande joins Randeep Hooda-directed biopic on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

According ANI, Ankita said she loves taking on “difficult and crucial” roles that leave an imprint on viewers. She further called the project an “inspiring story” that needs to be told.

“I love trying out challenging and pivotal characters that not only move the narrative forward but also impact the audience. Swatantrya Veer Savarkar is an inspiring story that needs to be told and I am happy to be associated with it,” Ankita mentioned.

Filming for the film, which also stars Amit Sial in a central role, has already started with a bang. The film is conceptualized by Sandeep Singh, while Randeep also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Utkarsh Naithani. It was produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Legend Studios.

Randeep dropped the first poster for the biopic on the late politician’s 139th birthday earlier this year. He also mentioned, “This is a tribute to one of the greatest unsung heroes of India’s struggle for freedom and self-realization. I hope I can rise to the challenge of filling such big shoes of ‘a true revolutionary and tell his true story that had been brushed under the rug for so long. I wish you all a very happy Veer Savarkar Jayanti!’


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Thelma J. Longworth