Actor Randeep Hooda said Monday that he has started filming for SwatantryaVeer Savarkar, a biopic of Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar. It also marks the directorial debut of Hooda, who plays the title role in the film. Filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar was previously attached to direct the film.
The actor, known for films like Highway, Sarbjit and Sultan, took to Twitter to share the update, saying that working on the upcoming film is a “special moment” for him. “Lights, camera HISTORY! Starting shooting for my next one, @anandpandit & @officialsandipssingh’s #SwatantryaVeerSavarkar. The film is slated to release on May 26, 2023 to commemorate #VeerSavarkar’s 140th birthday @directorsamkhan,” Hooda wrote alongside photos from the set.
This is a special moment.
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) October 3, 2022
SwatantryaVeer Savarkar, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Legend Studios, is co-written by Utkarsh Naithani and Hooda. Anand Pandit, Sandeep Singh and Sam Khan are credited as producers along with Roopa Pandit and Zafar Mehdi associated with co-production.
According to Pandit, Hooda is the perfect actor to play the title role in the film.
“Our film also has Randeep as a director and that makes me proud,” he said in a statement.
“I feel privileged and honored to be making this film,” Singh added. The film is scheduled to be released on May 26, 2023.