Nandi, the charismatic leader, now on celluloid!

Nandi, the charismatic leader, now on celluloid!

August 11 sees the announcement and launch of a film based on the life of a politician from Allahabad, 43-year-old Nand Gopal Gupta whose life story seems to be straight out of a Bollywood film. Born to a postman in the heart of hinterlands of UP, Nand Gopal Gupta spent his childhood doing odd jobs to support his father and his mother who made paper bags for a living.

His love story with a girl from Allahabad whose family opposed it so severely that they would rather have him dead, his wedding and his phenomenal rise makes for a very interesting script.

Nandi’s rags to riches story is exciting as he grew to be a powerful industrialist. His electoral debut with the Mayavati Government in 2007 caused the BJP to lose its grip over the assembly segment which it had never lost since 1989. Nandi defeated five-time MLA Keshri Nath Tripathi by a margin of more than 14,000 votes. Tripathi had incidentally served thrice as the Uttar Pradesh assembly Speaker and was the BJP’s state unit president at that time.

Nandi, the proverbial dark horse, in an electoral contest that was being viewed as a “clash of titans”, had humbled Tripathi and relegated Rita Bahuguna Joshi, then the Congress woman’s wing president and its future state unit chief, to the insignificant third position. Nandi went on to become the Cabinet Minister in the Mayavati Government. The BJP could not recover from the upset it suffered in 2007 as Tripathi finished third in the electoral contest five years later.

Today, Nandi is the BJP man who holds the portfolio of the Minister of Stamp and Civil Aviation in the BJP-led Government of Uttar Pradesh, while his wife Abhilasha Gupta is an achiever in her own right.  The current and the youngest Mayor of Allahabad, Abhilasha Gupta defeated her nearest rival Kamla Singh of the BJP by a comprehensive margin of more than 69,000 votes, a record of sorts. Incidentally, she was an independent candidate and there were more than 29 candidates in the fray for the mayoral elections.

No wonder then that Allahabad-based Director K Hussain Naqvie, who saw the intrigue in the life of this charismatic leader decided to make a film on the life of Nandi, under the banner Shabeena Films International. The music of the film is by Sanjeev-Darshan with one song by Akbar Ali, while the screenplay-dialogues are by Dilip Shukla. The cast is yet to be finalised, but talks are on with an ‘A’ grade actor essaying the role, reveals director K Hussain Naqvie.

The makers also had a song recording of the film with the vocals of Anaya and Stebin Ben with lyrics by Kishan Paliwal  and set to tune by Akbar Ali along with the launch. Besides the composers and the singers and the maker, actors Athar Siddiqui, Rneha Arya and Nafe Khan, lyricist Sanjeev Chaturvedi, comedian Naveen Kumar, and Executive Producer Rishi Chaurssia among others graced the occasion.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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