One of the finest actors in the Bollywood, Boman Irani, is set to play Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The film, which is titled “Jhalki,” is directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Brahmanand Singh. While talking to a magazine Boman Irani shared his experience, “This film is about a little girl looking for her missing brother, while working as a child labourer. I canned my portions in a few days. Kailash Satyarthi is a person every Indian should be in awe of. I shot at Mirzapur, it was 47 degrees. It’s a wonderful realisation to go there and understand the problems people in different parts of the country go through.”
In the film, Boman Irani is seen playing a character of child’s right and education activist. While he barely had time before he dived into his role, Boman maintains that portraying the character isn’t all about imitating Satyarthi’s voice or his way of speaking. It’s a different experience altogether, which is different than the other films. He says, “It’s about understanding his beautiful way with children. He is so fearless while carrying out rescue operations. At the same time, with the kids, he was like a child himself. You take the spirit of the person instead of resorting to mimicry. Watching him with (Pakistani activist) Malala Yousafzai (they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together in 2014), seeing them refer to each other like they were a father-daughter duo was humbling”. Admitting that he hasn’t met Satyarthi yet but he had his director promise him to arrange a meeting.
For the uninitiated, Kailash Satyarthi is a child’s rights and education advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ in 1980 and has worked towards protecting the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. Kailash was born as Kailash Sharma. At the age of 15, he deeply affected by the injustice inherent in the deeply-flawed caste system. After that, he decided to drop his surname and adopted “Satyarthi” instead – which translate to “Seeker of Truth”.