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After two decades the Sagars are back with their next film production. 1971, starring Manoj Bajpai, Jimmy Shergill and four new faces from the theatre world. But this time Ramanand Sagar’s grandson Amrit will direct.

Amrit is the son of Moti Sagar, one of the senior Sagar’s five sons. Amrit (29), who has done a degree course in filmmaking confirms the project.

“It’s about the journey of six guys together from 1971 to 1976. He adds that the film has got nothing to do with the 1971 Indo-Bangladesh war; it’s not a war film. 1971 is based on situations after the war. We will be taking real events and adding fiction to it. It’s a completely character driven story where romance and songs don’t feature.

All the six characters are heroes. There will be no heroines in the film because the story didn’t demand it. It’s something like the Dirty Dozen, an emotional story about people, a tragedy that happens to the guys. 1971 is a light drama that gets intense as it moves. Why did he choose such an unconventional script for his debut film? “Because I am very attached to it.” My dad had written a one-line story in 1972 and I have been working on it for the past seven years.” And how did his grandfather react to it? “He’s very excited about it. I gave him a narration and he loved the script. I need his feedback since he’s a writer too. The best thing about him is that he understands every kind of writing.” Bajpai says he loved the script too. “I thought it was interesting when it was narrated to me and I said I would love to be a part of it. My character is very real. I have heard lots of POW stories but none so real. It’s about the turmoil they go through, staying in another country and getting out and going back home,” he says.

The last release from the house of Sagars was Salma (1985). It was produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar and starred in it were Pradeep Kumar, Farooque Shaikh and Raj Babbar.

 Cast: Manoj Bajpai etc.

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