Bal Gangadhar Tilak, popularly known as Lokmanya Tilak who was not only a Freedom fighter but also an Indian Nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer and a lawyer. We have read about Tilak in various books and have seen him in several movies too, but ‘Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush’ is the first biography film made on the life of Lokmanya Tilak.
The movie “Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush” is divided into two phases, pre-independence era and today’s world. The movie begins with a voiceover of Nana Patekar, where Tilak is brought into the court for the hearing and then the story goes into flashback where Lokmanya’s journey is been unfold. In the second phase, Makrand (Chinmay Mandlekar) is the young journalist, who is engaged to Samira (Priya Bapat). He is like typical today’s guy who doesn’t care about the world. However, when he attends the Tilak’s show and hears his voiceclip, Makrand gets passionate about Tilak’s ideology.
The movie later deals with the small chapters in Tilak’s life like starting the newspaper ‘Kesari’ & ‘Maratha’, starting Indian school for Maharashtra students, fighting against British officer Rand who brutally harassed Pune people while suffering from plague and more. The second half also focuses of journey of Lokmanya, where the first scene of court hearing counties and Tilak is been sentenced to jail for six years in aboard in Mandalay, Burma for his strong writings against British rule through his newspaper. On the other hand, Makrand starts following Tilak’s footsteps and kindly neglects Samira. However, it also focuses how Tilak’s ideology changes Makrand.
“Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush” is directed by Om Raut and he has done a fabulous job in spite of been his directorial debut. The movie is produced by Neena Raut Films and Essel Vision. Subodh Bhave has done marvellous role of Lokmanya Tilak. The supporting cast of the movie including Chinmay Mandlekar and Priya Bapat were amazing too. Music of the movie composed by Ajit-Sameer matches well with the story. It is one of the best New Year gift Marathi audience can ever receive.