Based on the life of social activist Kisan Baburao Hazare aka Anna Hazare writer and director turned actor Shashank Udapurkar started penning the script for the film 3 years ago. As can be seen in the picture, the physical transformation of the actor to look the part is commendable! The process started 8 months ago while the shooting for the film started last June and continued till July 2016.
“I lost around eight kgs to play the 22-year-old Anna who was in the army then, living on salads, oats and fruits. Later, I put on almost 12 kg to look like the Anna of today. I played badminton twice a day to stay fit, “informs Shashank. The method actor even refused to resort to prosthetics, turning instead to his make-up man Vikram Gaikwad.
“My interaction with Anna helped me with the prep, being a Maharashtrian myself the lingo was not a problem,” he added.
Such was the resemblance that even the real life Anna complimented Shashank saying he looked a lot like him!
ANNA is a biographical film directed by Shashank Udapurkar.
Presented by The Rise Pictures Pvt. Ltd. and produced by Manindra Jain, the film is based on the life of Indian social activist ‘Kisan Baburao “Anna” Hazare’ starring Shashank Udapurkar in the lead.
The film also stars Tanishaa Mukerji, Govind Namdev, Sharat Saxena, Kishor Kadam, Dayashankar Pande, Prasanna Ketkar, Atul Shrivastava, Ashwini Giri, Anant Jog, Shashi Shrivastava and Majhar Khan.
The film is slated to release on October 2016.