Mahesh Bhatt to revive film on slain JNU leader, Chandrashekhar Prasad?
The ongoing student protests in JNU and the arrest of JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union) President, Kanhaiya Kumar, have had political repercussions. The series of events in the university which has become a hot spot for political activity has also aroused its share of curiosity in Bollywood. The latest reports indicate that Mahesh Bhatt is all set to present a film based on former slain JNUSU President, Chandrashekhar Prasad, with his protégé Imran Zahid playing the lead. The film will be directed by Ajay Kanchan. Apparently, the film on the slain leader was planned way back in 2010 but it was shelved soon after, due to the stiff opposition by rival student groups in the university. However Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay Kanchan, decided to revive the project after the recent developments on the JNU campus, which set the political machinery going. Kanchan was quoted saying in a section of the media that the students who were currently opposing the Government over right to expression “were the ones who protested” and stalled the idea of making the film. Prasad was the president of JNU students’ union and an activist of the Communist Party of India. He was shot dead in 1997 while addressing a meeting in his hometown Siwan in Bihar.