Every child has a dream. But this dream keeps evolving as the child grows up to become an adult. But there can be exceptions like Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose dream to play a major role in the society to help the less fortunate started in his school days. And that is what producer Mahaveer Jain has portrayed in his 32-minutes short movie which was co-produced with Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and presented by Anand L Rai. “Chalo Jeete Hain” released sometime back. It is based on a childhood incident of Modi while he was in school and was about 12 years old “The school Modi ji was studying had a student who came from a poor family of lower caste. A concerned Narendra that time swiftly moved to help him by generating money even by doing plays,” informed Jain while talking to Power Corridors in Mumbai. “Modi ji was inspired by Swami VIvekananda’s epic saying, “Bas wohi jeete hain jo doosre ke liye jeete hain.” I don’t claim to know Modi personally. I had met him with directors Raj Kumar Hirani and Anand L Rai regarding film industry. He said how good films help in nation-building. Interestingly, while President of India Ram Nath Kovind saw the movie and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu saw it in Parliament House Modi himself hasn’t seen the full movie. He has seen the trailer. “No, the movie is not a fictional story. Nor is it an attempt to glorify an individual without any rhyme or reason or exaggerate a situation that never existed. I did proper research before starting this movie which was in my mind for quite sometime. I traveled to Gujarat, went to the school where Modi ji was studying, met his teachers and also visited his village Vadh Nagar and interacted with the inhabitants and also spoke to his family-members to have a first hand experience,” explains the ebullient film producer. “Chalo Jeete hain” was released by Star in its 14 channels including Hotstar.
The movie, Chalo Jeete Hain has been so well-made that top industrialist Mukesh Ambani said: “It’s one of the most inspirational movies I have seen.” Good words have also come from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, actor Akshay Kumar and actress Kangana Ranaut , among several others. Talking about Mahaveer, he was born in Rajasthan and had come to Mumbai to study Commerce in Rithambhara College.
But “I got interested in advertising and soon found my way to making movies.” Two years back, Mahaveer made a movie called Dekh India Circus with Nawazuddin Siddique with noted Director Imtiyaz Ali as the presenter. ‘Somehow it has not been released so far but won four national awards. When asked about the future of short-films in India, Mahaveer replied in the affirmative, “If you make good short-movies people will watch” About the new Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, Mahaveer says that with his open mind and progressive nature he is the right person for the job. Even as Mahaveer has two-third full fledged Hindi feature films in mind to produce in coming days, he feels that the Indian film industry is in an extremely good phase. ‘It’s the golden period for Bollywood,” he signs off on a positive note.