Nagraj Manjule’s Hindi-language directorial Jhund, starring Amitabh Bachchan is set to release on 20th September, the makers announced on Tuesday. The first look from the film was also shared on social media, which showed Bachchan’s character being cheered on by a group of children on a playground.
The movie Jhund is based on the life of Nagpur resident Vijay Barse, who runs Slum Soccer, a non-profit organisation that coaches underprivileged children in football with the aim of creating well-being and empowerment through sport. Barse, a retired college sports teacher, started Slum Soccer in 2001.
In 2001, Barse was working as a sports teacher in Nagpur-based Hislop College where one rainy afternoon, he spotted slum kids playing soccer with a makeshift football.
Having grown up in an underprivileged background himself, the 73-year-old was then inspired to start a soccer club for slum children.
Produced by T-Series, Tandav Films and Aatpaat Production, Jhund marks the Hindi filmmaking debut for Manjule, whose Marathi film credits include the National Film Award-winning Fandry (2013) and Sairat (2016).