The film is based on the book, The Case That Shook The Empire, which is written by the Malayali lawyer’s great grandson and wife
Bollywood director-producer Karan Johar recently announced a biopic on lawyer-activist C Sankaran Nair, who fought against the British to uncover the truth about the Jallianwala Bhag massacre. The film is based on the book, The Case That Shook The Empire, written by Nair’s great-grandson Raghu Palat and wife Pushpa Palat.
A note from Dharma Productions mentioned that the film, titled The Untold Story of C Sankaran Nair, will focus on Nair's legendary courtroom battles with the British Raj. “Sankaran Nair’s bravery ignited the freedom struggle across the country and is a testament to the power of fighting for the truth,” the statement read.
The filmmaker also took to Twitter to make the announcement and said that he is “immensely thrilled as well as honoured” to lead the project of bringing Nair’s story on the big screen. The lawyer, who had served as the president of the Indian National Congress in 1897, was also a member of the Viceroy’s executive council. The upcoming biopic will be helmed by Karan Singh Tyagi. The cast of the film is yet to be announced.
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Meanwhile, Karan’s last directorial was a segment in Netflix’s Ghost Stories that featured Mrunal Thakur and Avinash Tiwary. His next project as a director will be Takht, which is a period drama that has Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar.
Meanwhile, the filmmaker’s production house is also backing Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi, Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra and Madhuri Dixit’s web series Finding Anamika.