Emraan Hashmi’s Portrayal of Ram Manohar Lohia in ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ Declared a Tribute to Freedom Fighters


In what’s becoming a significant cinematic event, the upcoming film ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ is creating a buzz in the Indian film industry as it presents an intricate portrayal of one of the unsung heroes of India’s struggle for independence. The historical thriller drama welcomes acclaimed actor Emraan Hashmi in an extraordinary guest role, embodying the legendary activist Ram Manohar Lohia. In anticipation of the film’s release, Prime Video has revealed the official poster, generating excitement for the depiction of this little-known yet pivotal figure in India’s battle for freedom.

On the set of the film, Emraan Hashmi shared his deep respect for his character, an opportunity he has cherished passionately. “I have never before played the role of a freedom fighter, and getting the opportunity to step into the shoes of Ram Manohar Lohia was an absolute honour,” Emraan Hashmi said during a recent interview. He delved deeply into Lohia’s beliefs, ethos, and experiences, accompanied by the guidance of directors Kannan Iyer and Darab Farooqui, who have meticulously researched the historical figure’s impact and narrative.

Having contributed vastly to India’s affranchisement and political evolution, Lohia’s legacy is entrenched in the nation’s history, with Emraan Hashmi eager to present this to audiences in his transformed on-screen persona. “His immense contributions have shaped a whole lot of India’s history and are truly remarkable,” he noted, expressing his anticipation for the audience’s reception of his new role. He believes that the story is an essential one that will continue to inspire future generations of Indians.

In ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan,’ viewers will witness the vitality of Ram Manohar Lohia’s activism. Lohia was an intellectual powerhouse who played an instrumental role in establishing the underground radio during the Quit India Movement, a communications lifeline that galvanized the nation. He faced imprisonment, torture, and tremendous hardships, repeatedly sacrificing his freedom for the collective liberation of India from British colonial rule. Emraan’s transformation into Lohia promises an authentic and compelling look at the life of a man whose contributions have been long overshadowed.

Under the banner of Dharmatic Entertainment, this Amazon Original Movie is brought to life by the combined efforts of some of the most established figures in the industry, including producers Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and Somen Mishra, and director Kannan Iyer. The screenplay, co-written by Iyer and Darab Farooqui, constructs intricate storytelling that is both educational and engaging. Alongside Emraan Hashmi, the powerhouse ensemble includes Sachin Khedekar, Abhay Verma, Sparsh Shrivastav, Alexx O’Neil, and Anand Tiwari contributing to the cinematic re-creation of key moments from India’s past.

Set to premiere exclusively on Prime Video across an impressive global stage spanning over 240 countries and territories, ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ will be accessible to viewers in India on March 21, with dub options in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada to ensure its reach to a varied audience. This venture not only represents a pivotal historical narrative but also reaffirms the film industry’s role in immortalizing the figures who shaped India’s destiny. As anticipation builds, Emraan Hashmi’s portrayal of Ram Manohar Lohia in ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ is expected to leave a lasting impact, honoring the memory of the freedom fighter in a way that resonates with audiences and pays respect to the heroes of India’s Independence movement.

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