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Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu’s Jana Gana Mana clears censor board, gears up for worldwide release

The socio-political entertainer, which also stars Mamta Mohandas in the lead, is set to hit theatres on April 28

  • Sanjith Sidhardhan

Last Updated: 08.47 AM, Apr 22, 2022

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Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu’s Jana Gana Mana clears censor board, gears up for worldwide release
Prithviraj in a still from Jana Gana Mana

The trailer and teaser of Prithviraj Sukumaran and Suraj Venjaramoodu’s socio-political entertainer Jana Gana Mana hinted that it had elements that addresses sensitive political issues rampant in the country. Films with such content have faced trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the past, with Parvathy Thiruvothu’s Varathamaanam being an example.

However, the makers of Jana Gana Mana have now announced that the film has been cleared with a U/A rating and is set for its worldwide release on April 28. Directed by Dijo Jose Antony, who had helmed Queen, the film has an ensemble cast also featuring Mamta Mohandas, Dhruvan, Vaishnavi, Vincy Aloshiyus and Shari in pivotal roles.

In a recent interview, Prithviraj said that the film has a pan-Indian content that people across the country can relate to. The actor, who has also co-produced the movie, said that when its scriptwriter Sharis Muhammed first narrated the story to him, he said that if someone from Gurgaon or Orissa watches the film, they would feel it’s a story that is happening in their neck of woods. “Also, when the audience watches the film, they should keep in mind that it’s a story that happens in a fictional place at a time that isn’t defined. The reason is that the story could happen anywhere at any time,” said Prithviraj.

The movie will be released in Malayalam as Jana Gana Mana and in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada with the title Jana 2022. After its theatrical run, the movie will be released on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Dijo had confirmed to OTTplay that the film has been planned as a two-part project. “When the story of Jana Gana Mana took shape, the perspectives of certain characters changed. So, we felt that the story isn’t just limited to what we initially had in mind and there’s still more to be told,” he told us in a recent interview.

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