DAR Motion Pictures, Virtue Entertainment, IME Motion Pictures and Blue Drop Films today launched the theatrical trailer and poster of the eagerly anticipated Marathi’s first vigilante epic, ‘Baji’. Starring Shreyas Talpade, who is returning to Marathi cinema after a span of eight years, as ‘Baji’ and Jitendra Joshi as his main nemesis, the film is slated to hit the silver screen on 6th February 2015. Written and directed by Nikhil Mahajan, of Pune 52 fame, the movie which is already amongst next year’s most anticipated films also features popular Marathi actress Amruta Khanvilkar as the leading lady.
The two and a half minute theatrical trailer gives the audience a glimpse of all the elements of the film. Right from the beginning this fast paced action packed trailer, hooks you, keeps anticipation throughout and, leaves audiences wanting more. The background score compliments the visuals, VFX and special effects which most defiantly are of international standards, and adds more depth to the trailer. The trailer also highlights the never seen before action in Marathi cinema, choreographed by the highly acclaimed Stunt Selva, and gives a glimpse of the dramatic transformation, both in character and physique, which Shreyas and Jitendra go through. The film features Shreyas in a never seen before, bloodied, angry avatar.
Speaking at the occasion, Shreyas Talpade said, “After Iqbal Baji has thus far been my most challenging and fulfilling acting assignment till date. Perfectionist Nikhil Mahajan and the super energetic Stunt Selva have pushed me to limits that I never knew I could achieve and I am very grateful to them for that. Apart from the makers and my really talented co-stars who are definitely amongst the most fantastic actors I have worked with, I dedicate this movie and my performance in it to all my fans who have patiently waited so long for my return to Marathi cinema. I am absolutely confident they will definitely not be disappointed and would get far more than they expect.”
Shot across picturesque Konkan locales, Baji is a film about mistaken identities and hidden treasures. It is an action-adventure-romance laced superhero vigilante based on the legend of a man who took upon himself to protect the common man against oppression and injustice in this small village in Shrirangpur. No one knows who he is or where he comes from, but whenever the village is in peril, Baji has always come to its rescue. His sword, his bow-arrow and his white stallion live on to define him.
Commenting on the occasion a beaming Nikhil Mahajan said, “After Pune 52, I was very sure that I wanted to work on a good commercial epic blockbuster that would not just set the cash bells ringing at the box office but would also go down as one of the finest movies ever made in Marathi. Baji to me is that larger than life project. Not only has the experience on working on this movie, my very second, been very fulfilling and a dream come true, but I also got to work with the powerhouse actor that Shreyas is and the super talented Jitendra and charming Amruta.
“The film is a vigilante epic that transcends both folklore and present day and I stay true to the film and capture its core and promise with the theatrical trailer and poster,” added Nikhil.
Presented by DAR Motion Pictures, Baji is produced by Arun Rangachari, Vivek Rangachari, Amit Ahirrao, Suhrud Godbole, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Nikhil Mahajan. Other key credits include Writer and Director: Nikhil Mahajan, Dialogues: Shrirang Godbole, Original story: Nikhil Mahajan & Suhrud Godbole, Director of Photography: Vasu Rane, Editor: Abhijeet Deshpande, Music: Atif Afzal, Lyrics: Shrirang Godbole, and Executive Producer: Pavan Malu (Blue Drop Films).