Riteish Deshmukh Directing & Starring in Historical Epic Raja Shivaji

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An exciting new film, starring Riteish Deshmukh, was announced today and we have all the details. Titled Raja Shivaji, it is an epic historical drama set to bring to life the extraordinary journey of a young Shivaji who rebelled against the mighty powers to be and eventually went on to become the revered Raja Shivaji and establish Swarajya.

The film also sees Riteish Deshmukh taking the director’s chair. The bilingual (Marathi & Hindi) film has long been a passion project for Deshmumh. From what we hear, Raja Shivaji aims to set new benchmarks on an unprecedented scale, exploring the life of Maharashtra’s greatest warrior – rebel king Shivaji Maharaj’s brave spirit.

Announcing the project, Jyoti Deshpande, President – Media & Entertainment, RIL, said, “At Jio Studios, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of storytelling and bringing diverse narratives to audiences worldwide. Raja Shivaji embodies this vision; it’s not just a regional tale; it’s a culturally rooted narrative designed to transcend languages and regions, and we are very proud to associate with Riteish and Genelia in bringing the story of one of India’s greatest sons of the soil to life through this magnificent project”.

Riteish Deshmukh, Director and Lead Actor, said, “In the annals of history, there emerges a figure who transcends mere mortal existence—a legend, an icon, an eternal flame of inspiration. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is not a mere historical figure; he is an emotion, a timeless saga of valour, and a beacon of hope that has illuminated hearts for over three and a half centuries. Our deepest aspiration has always been to immortalize his awe-inspiring journey on the grand canvas of cinema—a journey of epic proportions, depicting the rise of a boy who defied the invincible, sparking the flames of Swarajya. A rebel whose courage knew no bounds, he didn’t just rule land, he conquered hearts, earning the endearing title of ‘Raja Shivaji’. ”.

Genelia Deshmukh, Producer, Mumbai Film Company added, “Bringing the epic life of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on celluloid has been our long standing passion. We embark on a noble quest, not merely to produce a film, but to weave a narrative thread that enriches the tapestry of our culture and history. ‘Raja Shivaji’ is our biggest dream and we couldn’t have found a better partner than Jyoti Deshpande and Jio Studios, who have the legacy of doing the unthinkable. It’s not only a huge honour but immense responsibility, and we seek your good wishes as we pursue our calling ”.

The music will be composed by music maestros Ajay–Atul, while cinematography will be helmed by iconic visual storyteller Santosh Sivan, marking his debut in Marathi cinema.

Sharing their heartfelt sentiments on composing the soundtrack of Raja Shivaji, acclaimed Music duo Ajay-Atul said, “Even after decades, there is only one king on this Earth, whose presence remains eternally alive in our heart, breath, blood. We are excited as the story of his valour, the thrill of his prowess is poised to resonate globally through this cinematic endeavour. For any artist, to be able to contribute to the legacy of our King is a source of immense pride. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have this golden opportunity to be a part of the homage to the revered king – Raja Shivaji.”

Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan said, “Shivaji is not just a film; it’s a culmination of passion, dedication, and years of meticulous research and scripting by Ritesh Deshmukh. Having been invited years ago to photograph this journey, witnessing its materialization is a testament to the power of vision and perseverance in the world of cinema”.

The epic saga brings together a collaboration of creative powerhouses with Jio Studios, India’s premier content studio joining forces with celebrated actors Riteish and Genelia’s Mumbai Flim Company. Raja Shivaji promises to be an immersive experience, weaving history, action and drama into a cinematic experience that will leave an indelible mark on the audience. The shoot is set to commence soon, with the makers gearing up to recreate the historical saga on screen. Stay tuned for updates as the journey of Raja Shivaji unfolds.

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