After successfully collaborating on Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020), and the short film Baai in the anthology Modern Love: Mumbai (2022), Hansal Mehta and Pratik Gandhi will be working together on a new web series based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
The web series is based on historian Ramachandra Guha’s books ‘Gandhi Before India’ and ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World.’ The show is being produced by Applause Entertainment and will see Gandhi play the role of India's most respected freedom fighter.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Mehta shared more details about the show and revealed that filming will begin very soon. “We are very heavily into pre-production. We will be commencing shoot within maximum of a month,” the filmmaker said.
Gandhi has played the role of the Mahatma before in Manoj Shah’s Gujarati play 'Mohan No Masalo'. However, Mehta says that isn't the reason that he was cast in the series. “Pratik was cast in the show by Applause Entertainment. I came into the show a month after Pratik was cast. After Pratik was cast and after I came in, we all went together to watch the play,” said the filmmaker.
Mehta added that Shah's play and the web series that they are about to begin filming, are vastly different. Mehta shared, “They are two different interpretations, One, it is theatre. And it’s an interpretation of his life through a monologue. It’s a one-man act. It’s incredibly well performed. But what we are doing right now is something far beyond that. It’s a different interpretation and a different medium altogether. We are doing our best to do something that we have never seen before.”
More details about the other cast and crew members and which platform the series will stream on are awaited.