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Shashikant Deshpande’s Aakrandan based on Khairlanji massacre: Actor Bal Dhuri


The film, starring Vikram Gokhale, Mohan Joshi, Sharad Ponkshe, Pradeep Velankar, Uday Tikekar, Smita Talwalkar, among others, will be released on 7 December.

Politician Ramdas Athawale at the trailer launch of the film.

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Director Shashikant Deshpande’s upcoming Marathi movie Aakrandan is based on the Khairlanji massacre of 2006, informed veteran actor Bal Dhuri, who is playing a pivotal role in the film. 

“It’s about the Khairlanji hatyakaand [massacre]. The film is a multi-starrer starring Vikram Gokhale, Mohan Joshi, Sharad Ponkshe, Pradeep Velankar, Uday Tikekar, Smita Talwalkar, Milind Inamdar, Upendra Limaye, Bharat Ganeshpure and others,” he said. 

In July it was announced that the film will be released in September, however, according to Dhuri, it has now been posponed. “It was supposed to release in September but now it will come out on 7 December,” he added. 

The actor claimed that the gripping film will keep the audiences glued to their seats, saying, “You won’t be able to move from the start till the end. It doesn’t have a single song.”

The Khairlanji massacre took place on 29 September 2006 in the Bhandara district of Maharashtra. Four members of the Bhootmange family from the scheduled caste were brutally murdered by members of the politically dominant Kunbi caste for lodging a complaint against them in a land dispute. 

In 2008, Bhandara sessions court held eight people guilty. Of these six were awarded with death penalty and two were sentenced to life imprisonment. But in 2010, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court reduced the punishment of one of those awarded death penalty to 25-years rigorous imprisonment. An appeal against the judgement is pending before the Supreme Court of India. 

In January 2017, another Marathi film based on the incident, titled Khairlanjichya Mathyawar, was released. However, less than a week after it released, a stay order on the film was imposed by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court after Bhaiyalal Bhootmange, the lone surviving member of the family, appealed against the film for allegedly portraying his family in bad light. 

A few days after the stay order was imposed, Bhootmange, 61, died of heart attack.