PeepingMoon Exclusive: Biopic of legendary Marathi actor Nilu Phule in the works!
The Hindi film industry is expanding its "Biopic Business". After making dozens of biopics of sports personalities, politicians, and historical figures, the filmmakers are now gearing up to explore the lives of movie stars in the coming years. At least five movies on the lives of cinema legends are in development including the recently announced film on India's first superstar Rajesh Khanna. Now, Peepingmoon.com has learned that the legendary Marathi actor Nilkant Phule aka Nilu Phule's biopic is also in the works.
Prolific producer Ramesh Taurani of Tips Industries has bought the life rights of Nilu Phule to make a feature film that traces his journey as an actor, freedom fighter, and social activist. Taurani has acquired the rights from Phule's daughter Gargi Nilkant Phule and plans to take it on floors next year with a Marathi filmmaker on board to direct. The film marks the producer's second biopic two decades after Rajkumar Santoshi's The Legend Of Bhagat Singh that starred Ajay Devgn in the role of the legendary Indian freedom fighter.
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For those unversed, Nilu Phule is considered one of the greatest actors of Marathi stage/films of all time. Born in 1930 in an impoverished family in Pune, he began his career with a Marathi folk play Katha Aklechya Kandyachi, and then went on to act in numerous Marathi movies, beginning with Ek Gaav Baara Bhanagadi in 1956. Phule was known prominently for playing the roles of notorious villains in movies. It is said that his acting in villainous roles was so surreal that women in real life would despise him thinking that he was the same deviant person in real life too.
The badass of the Marathi film industry, Nilu Phule was also known for his legendary voice and dialogue delivery. His dialogues in his films remain one of the most popular dialogues across the Marathi Film Industry. Some of his best works include Pinjara, Samma, and Sinhasan that brought to the fore the powerful actor within him. Phule also left an imprint on Hindi cinema and acted with Amitabh Bachchan in Coolie, Dileep Kumar in Mashal, and Anupam Kher in Saaransh. The villain of movies, however, was a hero in real life as he always worked for the betterment of society. He was attached to various social movements like Andhashraddha Nirmulan, inter-caste marriage, and Lokshahi Prabodhan Vyaspeeth. Nilu Phule passed away at the age of 78 in 2009!