The headquarters of the city’s civic body will soon become the power hub of the state, albeit on the big screen. The PMC’s main building will be featured as the Mantralaya in an upcoming film ‘Aajcha Divas Majha’.
In the film, actor Sachin Khedekar — who essays the character of the Chief Minister of the state — is shown in porch of the building and also at the lobby near Mayor’s office and Standing Committee Hall.
Chandrakant Kulkarni, the film’s director, said, “While there is no similarity between the two structures, we have shown the PMC Main building as Mantralaya in the film.”
“We shot the scenes during the weekends and after the working hours. Most of the film was shot during the night, as we had to show the CM and other senior officials working together till late nights to attend to several problems faced by the people,” Kulkarni informed.
Mayor Vaishali Bankar has given the permission to shoot the film in the building premises. “The filmmakers had come to me last year, and I, on certain conditions, gave them the permission to shoot in the main building complex,” said Bankar, adding that she’s eager to see how the PMC building looks in the film.”
The construction of the PMC headquarters started in 1953, and was completed in 1956. Designed and constructed by city-based builder B G Shirke, the building’s foundation stone was laid down by then President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan. “The initial budget to construct of the magnificent building was Rs 2 crore,” informed Dr MP Mangudkar, who has written the history of PMC. “Political stalwarts like former Maharashtra chief minister YB Chavan and the first prime minister of the country Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has visited the General Body Meeting Hall of the civic body in 1959 and 1960 respectively. Even former PM Indira Gandhi too was felicitated in the house in 1969. It’s good to see that the film fraternity too has fallen in love with this marvellous structure,” Mangudkar said.
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