If sources are to be believed, a Marathi film loosely based on mid-day's crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, who was shot dead in 2011, will soon go on the floors. Sachin Khedekar will essay J Dey's role in the movie titled 'Nagrik', suggest sources.
J Dey and (left) Sachin Khedekar who plays a journalist in Marathi film 'Nagrik'
"Khedekar will play a journo called Shyam Jagdale, who works for a daily called Aaj Mumbai. Due to his honesty, he makes enemies and becomes a victim of politics," an insider says.
The makers, however, do not want to publicise the film as a J Dey biopic, states a source, adding: "Though there is some resemblance to a real-life incident relating to a journalist, the production team wants to call it a work of fiction to avoid any controversy."
The film is likely to be released around Dey's death anniversary which falls on June 11. The veteran journalist was gunned down in Powai by motorcycle-borne assailants. At that time, he was investigating the nexus between the police and the underworld. Without revealing much, Khedekar says, "The film revolves around the character of a senior reporter caught in a big political conspiracy. Current events in today's politics are also discussed in the film."