Mohit Marwah, who will be seen portraying the role of army officer Prem Kumar Sahgal in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s forthcoming movie, Raag Desh – Birth of a Nation, met filmmaker Shaad Ali to learn more about his character.
The talented actor will bring to life the story of Colonel Prem Sahgal, an INA officer led by Subhash Chandra Bose in Raag Desh based on the INA trials following the World War 2.
Interestingly, Shaad, who has directed films including Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli among others, is the grandson of Prem and his wife Lakshmi Sahgal. Being a family member, Mohit felt approaching Shaad for more information related to Prem Sahgal would be of great help.
Shaad happily volunteered to help Mohit as he felt that the actor was the right choice to relive Prem Sahgal on screen. The actor and filmmaker spoke at length about Prem Sahgal as a person and as a freedom fighter. Shaad also shared stories of Prem Sahgal’s freedom struggle with Mohit narrated to him by the man himself.
Mohit Marwah recollects, “During the mahurat, I took his suggestions and tips for the look and body language. I also met Colonel Sehgal’s other family members who shared many anecdotes of him with me. Their inputs have been valuable and I am looking forward to their feedback when the film releases."
The actor also watched a few documentaries to understand more about the way army men conduct themselves. “It’s a period film and I feel it’s my responsibility to make people believe in my character,” he adds.
Raag Desh revolves around Colonel Sehgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan, officers in the British Indian army taken as prisoners of war in Malaya, Singapore and Burma respectively, and court martialled in Delhi.