Many of us may call ourselves Ambedkarites yet remain blissfully ignorant of the radical and path-breaking ideas he espoused. The protagonist of Jayanti is, to start with, one of us, a self-proclaimed Ambedkarite. When confronted about the lightly carried label, though, he sets out to discover true Ambedkarism.
Shailesh Narwade has written the script and will be directing the film. He already has two short films, namely Ram (2008) and With And Without Water (2015), and three Hindi plays – The Selfish Game (1998), Mahatkritya (2000), and Bachate Raho (2015) – to his credit.
At the time of going to press, the crowdfunding drive had managed to raise 1.75 lakhs of 18-20 lakhs needed for the shoot. The entire production and the initial marketing will cost 50 lakhs. The funders could even be designated associate producer or co-producer depending on the sum they are able to commit to this important project.
“After actor and activist Vira Sathidar read the script, he turned down a few other offers just to do this film,” Narwade said. Vira Sathidar played the lead role in the film Court, which is representing India in the Oscars this year.