By Hemang Palan, Mumbai Bureau
One of the leading casting directors of India’s television industry, Sohan Thakur, has been appointed to cast actors for a mega television show based on the biography of Swami Dayanand Saraswati – a well-respected and learned Hindu spiritual ‘Guru’, and founder of ‘Arya Samaj’ who died at the age of 59 on October 30, 1883 in Ajmer, Rajasthan.
The show is to be shot in Hindi and is expected to be telecast across the globe, including in the UK by a leading Indian entertainment channel.
“I have already started auditioning in Mumbai and New Delhi for lead as well as character actors required for the proposed show to be produced by a Mumbai-based well-known production house. Backed by a pool of talented creative directors, this new show on revered Dayanand Saraswati will be a team work of brilliant scriptwriters and eminent directors,” said Sohan Thakur.
Born in Tankara near Rajkot in Gujarat on February 12, 1824, Dayanand Saraswati was the first to give the call for ‘Swaraj’ (Independence) against British Rule as “Indian for India” in 1876, a call later taken up by Lokanya Tilak – one of the tallest leaders of the Indian independence movement.
“I am honoured to be associated with this wonderful television project, which is expected to entertain and educate billions of people around the world on Holy teachings of a spiritual leader who promoted equal rights for women ages back in ‘Akhand Bharat’,” said Sohan Thakur.