Randeep Hooda will be producing, directing and also has written the story of his upcoming film Swatantra Veer Savarkar for the first time, the actor also plays the character of Savarkar in the film. Talking about the film and his character, the actor spoke about the multiple responsibilities he took up for the project.
“I work better in isolation, but you can do that only as an actor or a writer, not as a director. It’s like I was an individual tennis player before, and then they put me in a soccer team and made me the captain, and now I must make all the players play tennis individually! Juggling the roles of a director, writer and producer is a great lesson in people management because acting is very individualistic,” Hooda said.
Elaborating on taking on multiple responsibilities for the project, he shared, “Savarkar is my first film as a director, writer and producer. I am being fearless about it. I didn’t know many things about Savarkar before I started researching him. Most books have dedicated only two paragraphs to the armed revolution, which was also a part of our freedom struggle. Through extensive research, we will show in the movie what their actual contribution was. I am making this movie also to connect with today’s youth.”
Talking about his phase post the injury, the actor said, “I was 22 kgs underweight for almost eight months while prepping for Savarkar, I weighed 68 kgs. Post the injury, I am now 71 kgs and I need to lose weight again as we restart the shoot as there must be continuity. With age, it all gets tougher for sure.”
The film is tentatively scheduled to release in May 2023 which also stars Ankita Lokhande, Amit Sial in pivotal roles.