Mumbai: Even as the entire nation has risen in support of Anna Hazare, Bollywood actor Raghubir Yadav is grieved over a loss irreparable.
The veteran actor recalls of playing his idol Anna Hazare in 1996, but is deeply saddened as the highly thought of project which saw him play Anna is now untraceable.
The actor laments the loss as he met Anna during this project that brought him so close to the crusader.
Speaking to daily, Yadav said, "Way back in 1996, when I had first come down to Mumbai, I was approached by director Marzban Sipoy to be a part of this docu-drama. Few other theatre actors from Pune were also part of this project. The make-up artist was from Kolkata and had taken great pains to give me the Anna look. But I can neither recall his name nor that of the project. I have lost touch with Marzban and can`t contact him. But I wish, I could see and even have that docu-drama shown to people.”
The actor further added, “It`s a very authentic approach to Anna`s works, especially about how he served in the Indian Army, how Swami Vivekananda`s booklet titled ‘Call To The Youth For Nation Building’ inspired him to dedicate his life to the service of humanity after taking voluntary retirement from the Army and what he did for the transformation of his drought-prone native village (Ralegan Siddhi) into an oasis of human-made regeneration."
Talking about joining Anna in his movement, Raghubir said, “I know how committed he is. He didn`t marry and has lived like a saint because he felt it was his duty to serve the nation. I have read the Jan Lokpal Bill and I feel if it is implemented in India, it will solve at least 50% of our problems related to corruption. I wish I could go to Delhi and be a part of the movement. But unfortunately, I am busy with my shooting in Kolkata.”
As a matter of fact Raghubir Yadav is currently shooting for the film inspired by Anna Hazare tittled ‘Ek Bura Aadmi’. The film, which highlights the nexus between politics and crime, has now gone in for a script-revision because of the latest developments in Delhi.