Siddharth P Malhotra on Maharaj star Junaid Khan: “He got his passion, work ethic and acting capabilities from his father”

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A new Khan is entering the scene. Junaid Khan, whose father is Aamir Khan, is debuting in an exciting new film on Netflix. Titled ‘Maharaj’ the drama is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Siddharth P Malhotra, known for his movies We Are Family and Hichki.

Set in the 1800s and inspired by actual events, the film is the story of the fight for the truth between a powerful man and a fearless journalist. “It is a film that shows the resilience of the human spirit and how a common man could wield the courage to help people around him and, thus, help society at large. Get set to get mesmerized into a world of horse-drawn carriages, old school printing presses, kaccha roads, beautiful traditions, and a man’s willpower to do good,” Malhotra revealed on Instagram.

About his young star, the director said, “This boy’s passion and dedication is truly unmatched. They say a fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, which is truly the case for Junaid. He’s got his work ethics from his father for sure, and acting capabilities too.”

Apart from Junaid Khan, the Yash Raj Films’ project will feature Jaideep Ahlawat, Sharvari Wagh, and Shalini Pandey in pivotal roles. Vipul Mehta and Sneha Desai have written the film.

In 1862, when there were only three universities in India, Rabindranath Tagore was a year old, and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 continued to fan the flames of independence. Against all odds, one man takes a courageous stand in a landmark legal battle, a true story that’s now come to light in Maharaj — more than 160 years later.

Karsandas Mulji, a journalist and social reformer, was a pioneering advocate for women’s rights and social reform. A student at Elphinstone College in Mumbai and a protégé of the scholar-leader Dadabhai Naoroji, he wrote on widow remarriage, stood up for the oppressed, and sowed the seeds of reform in society.

It all came to a head in the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862, which was ignited by allegations of misconduct by a prominent figure; the case garnered widespread attention and scrutiny, setting the stage for what many consider to be one of the most significant legal battles of all time.

After 162 years, audiences will finally witness the strength of one man’s resolve to challenge the status quo in Maharaj, premiering on June 14 only on Netflix.

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