Known for his James Bond-esque action sequences in his debut film, No means No, Bollywood’s rising star Dhruv Verma has already been signed for his next potentially blockbuster project, The Good Maharaja. The actor initially set out to receive a hefty Rs 20 crore contract for the film, however, in the wake of the disastrous state of the pandemic in the country affecting economy severely, he agreed to settle for Rs 12 crore and also announced that he’ll dedicate a major portion of it to COVID-19 relief efforts in the country.
The Good Maharaja, like Dhruv Verma’s Debut film, is also an Indo-Polish Collaborative project. It tells the true story of Indian Maharaja, Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja (nick named Jam Saheb) who was the maharaja of Nawanagar (Present day Jamnagar, Gujarat). The maharaja provided shelter to around 1000 Polish refuges during the time of World War 2. The film and its story will make significant headway in strengthening the ties between India and Poland, particularly since one of the children that the maharaja sheltered went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland.
Dhruv Verma has said that the role is very different from his debut role. He said he will be receiving training with the guns used in World War 2 under the supervision of his guru and Hollywood mega star, Steven Seagal.
The film’s director, Vikash Verma (who also directed the first Indo-Polish film, No means No), has said that he is hopeful that the Maharaja’s family will not take any objection to the film. Vikash Verma has also said that efforts are being made to approach Roman Polanski, a famous Polish director known primarily for his Oscar winning movie, The Pianist. Verma is hoping to receive guidance from the legendary director with regards to The Good Maharaja.
The film will finish shooting after the COVID-19 crisis is under control and is set to release around Christmas Time in 2022.