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Union minister launches Sandeep Singh's directorial debut on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari unveiled the poster and launched a film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj supporti...

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari unveiled the poster and launched a film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj supporting filmmaker Sandeep Singh's mega-budget venture on the supreme Maratha warrior that will recreate the life of the fearless king on the big screen. 

On the eve marking the 394th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, February 19, 2024, this cinematic masterpiece, titled The Pride of Bharat Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will encapsulate the king's dynamism in its truest form. The film also marks Sandeep Singh's foray into his first high-budget commercial cinema as a director. 

The makers are leaving no stone unturned to make this film on a grand scale with the sets authentically reflecting the gloriousness and the charm of the Maratha era and the state-of-the-art technology capturing the essence of the larger-than-life command of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his battle with the Mughals and the British.

Interestingly, this is the first time that a film on Shivaji Maharaj will be made in several languages viz; Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi. 

Singh said, "It's taken me 23 years of hard struggle to build and create a position to debut as a director for my first mega-budget film - The Pride of Bharat - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There could be nothing better than this. I have been working on the script since 2019, with five years of labour and love. I hope our audience will appreciate our film and the efforts invested in it." 

Talking of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's relevance even today, Singh said, "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was crowned as a king very early during his growing up years. For his age, he was extremely sharp and intelligent and fitted the responsibility that came with the crown. His short stature underplayed his inner bravery and strength, while his acute mind came up with unique strategies to tackle the enemies effectively. He deliberately used the tough terrains of the Western Ghats to fight battles as the rough and uneven ghats made it difficult for the enemy to gain access to his territory. There's so much to learn from his life story. All information about him has been confined to the Maratha region. I want the world to know about his achievements as a king."

"Also, I am really surprised that to date there's been no Hindi film made on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. How come no filmmaker thought of it? There's been no film on the legendary warrior and king in other languages too like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and English. Ever since I got to know this, I did not want to let go of the opportunity to make a film on the greatest Maratha."

While the lead actors will be locked soon, the other team members comprise director of photography Aseem Bajaj, director of choreography Ganesh Hegde, costume designer Sheetal Sharma, production designer Sandeep Sharad Ravade, and Kavish Sinha is the casting director of the film.

The film will hit the theatres on January 23, 2026, when India will celebrate its 77th Republic Day on January 26, 2026. 

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