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Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ ‘Manjunath’ inspired by real life incident

MUMBAI: More often than not movies showcase a life beyond reality. But Viacom18 Motion Pictures has taken a different path and has based its next on a real-life incident of a boy’s tragic death. Titled ‘Manjunath’, the film is among the first from the production house to be based on a real-life story.

The film is inspired by the real-life story of a young boy named Manjunath Shanmugham. Set in India’s hinterland, the film follows Manjunath’s journey as he passes out of the elite IIM Lucknow and joins an oil company. One day Manjunath goes missing after he finds out about a large-scale fuel adulteration racket. Though he gets several threats to his life, he decides to do the right thing only to be shot dead on duty.

There seems to be no hope of justice until unrelated people come together to fight the oil mafia and get him justice. Manjunath’s birth anniversary falls on 23 February and the film is slated to release in April 2014.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare said, “‘Manjunath’ is our attempt at supporting stories that need to be told. This is a different project that will need the support of well-wishers with whom Manjunath shares a bond. It’s also our support to the larger Manjunath campaign that is about not just sitting back but challenging the status quo and acting upon it. It is in tune with the current times and the larger social context that we are presently in.”

The film is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, in association with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and ad agency ICOMO.

‘Manjunath’ will be the production house’s second release this year, after ‘Queen’ which is slated for release on 7 March and stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role.