Rajya Sabha TV’s “Raag Desh”, based on the famous Indian National Army (INA) trials in the Second World War era released in the Parliament house complex on Thursday. This was the first film trailer to be launched inside the Parliament.
The film’s director, Tigmanshu Dhulia, producer Gurdeep Singh Sappal and one of the lead actors Mohit Marwah were present at the event. Other leading actors Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh joined in via video conference.
Based on the 1945 Red Fort trials Raag Desh is directed by ace director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s who’s known to have mastery in dealing with real-life stories.
Raag Desh, produced by Rajya Sabha Television revolves around the joint court-martial of INA officers. It features Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah in lead roles.
The trailer shows the famous Red Fort trial of the three Indian National Army officers Colonel Prem Sehgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan, who were charged with waging war against the King-Emperor.
Addressing the media after releasing the trailer of the film in Parliament House on Thursday Dhulia said that he stood true to history and did not make it a typical ‘Mumbaiya’ entertainer.
“It is a special film for me as it does not belong to the ‘Mumbaiya’ style of filmmaking. This subject of INA (Indian National Army) and Subhas Chandra Bose was never on my agenda, but I realised I will never get an opportunity like this from a Mumbai-based producer,” Dhulia said.
Expressing his opinion on the historic film, the Director said that the way Bollywood showcases a historical subject is weird. Dhulia said that he was true to the story and facts while making it.
“It’s not a typical Bollywood film. No producer of corporate back or fund a film like this. This cannot be made in regular commercial format, ” said Dhulia.
He said that the film is loaded with war sequences and added that he drew inspiration from 1998 Hollywood movie “Saving Private Ryan” for it.
Film’s producer and RSTV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal said it was the first time a film’s trailer was being launched inside Parliament.
Sappal said that issues like art, culture and history should be supported by the public sector as these areas are not given priority in the free market.
” This is proper cinema, it has history, plot and has information that every one wants to know, I am sure people will like it,” said Gurdeep Singh Sappal.
Actors Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh who joined via video conferencing said that it was an honour to be a part of the film.
Mohit Marwah who was present at the trailer launch said that he worked hard to bring authenticity to the role he is playing.
” Its an honour to be a part of the film, it was a great learning experience…. learning about the subject was great,” said Marwah who said the movie has a powerful story and it needs to be told.
The film will be released world wide on July 28.