We hardly see Marathi movies that set the bar for Indian cinema. There are only few Marathi films that could represent India. “Lokmanya – Ek Yug Purush” is one such movie.
‘Lokmanya – Ek Yug Purush’ is an intense historical drama with pre -independence backdrop. It is a movie based on the life of Lokmanya Tilak, the man responsible for fuelling the Indian Independence Movement. Like any other historical biopic, this movie doesn’t just glorify the protagonist i.e. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, but also actually shares with us his ideologies and struggles.
The movie begins in the present day, when a journalist finds an old audio of Tilak’s speech. Inspired by the speech, the journalist becomes curious to learn more about Lokmanya Tilak.
Lokmanya played an important role in the Indian freedom struggle. Through his activities, he let the Britishers know that we want nothing less than complete Independence. He also made it clear that we don’t want to be a part of their government or need pity reforms. His methods were extreme but effective.
Before Lokmanya, many great Indians stood against the Britishers, who include Rani Laxmibai, Tanya Tope, Tipu Sultan etc. Lokmanya Tilak didn’t want their sacrifices to go in vain. He wanted people to realise the value of freedom and believe that it is achievable.
The movie portrays Lokmanya as an intelligent man, Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer etc. He used every means he could to strengthen the process of Swarajya. Tilak started Kesari, private English schools and collaborated with Muslim leaders to promote unity.
This movie depicts Tilak’s journey from a regular Brahmin guy to one of the most powerful leaders in India. Subodh Bhave plays the role of Lokmanya Tilak, a courageous leader who was willing to die for independence and Swarajya. The movie effectively uses some of the most powerful quotes of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Popular Dialogues from the Movie :
Praises for ‘Lokmanya – Ek Yug Purush’
The movie received an overwhelming response from all kinds of audience. People have been referring this movie to their friends. Even the Non-Marathi audiences are rushing to the theatres.
Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) January 01, 2015
Adinath Kothare (@adinathkothare) January 04, 2015
shivaji satam (@shivaajisatam) January 06, 2015
@omraut very very well made film. Extremely proud of you.The hardwork is so visible.u transported us to that era.Thank you for Dis effort!—
Kranti Redkar (@KrantiRedkar) January 02, 2015
'लोकमान्य' पाहिलात का... कड़क काम केलय सुबोध ने..!!—
Bharat Jadhav (@SahiBharat) January 08, 2015
Saw' lokmanya' must watch film...... phenomenal performance by subodh bhave..kudos @omraut and the entire team—
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Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) January 06, 2015
Things You Didn’t Knew About this Movie :
- Subodh Bhave took special training for developing a physique similar to Lokmanya.
- Initially, Subodh Bhave was unsure of doing this role.
- Lokmanya (Ek Yug Purush) is an official selection in the Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa 2014.
- I took six months of research, training and preparation for Subodh to mould himself into Tilak’s personality.
“Makers of upcoming film ‘Lokmanya-Ek Yugpurush’, which is based on the life of social reformer and freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, have spent an astounding Rs 1.3 cr on creating its visual effects.” – Article Resource
Gandhiji who had immense respect for Tilak proclaimed him as the “Maker of Modern India”. Tilak once said “Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it”. The strong determination and influential personality of Lokmanya inspired Indians. This motive is an attempt to let the forgotten tales and ideologies of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak reach the young generation of India.
“Lokmanya – Ek Yug Purush” is considered as a milestone for Indian cinema. Let’s end this post with the movie trailer.