Sharad Kelkar Reflects on Portrayal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Om Raut’s ‘Tanhaji’

On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti, actor Sharad Kelkar reminisces about his portrayal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the blockbuster film “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior” (2020), expressing his immense pride in portraying the revered historical figure on screen.

Kelkar, known for his diverse roles in the film industry, considers his portrayal of Shivaji Maharaj as one of his most significant achievements. He recalls the profound respect he felt for the character, evident from his gesture of removing his slippers during an exclusive shoot, symbolizing reverence towards Shivaji Maharaj.

Sharad Kelkar’s Journey of Playing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in ‘Tanaji’

For Kelkar, the opportunity to portray Shivaji Maharaj came unexpectedly when director Om Raut approached him for the role. Despite initial surprise, Kelkar embraced the challenge, eventually winning over the team with his portrayal during the look test. The role not only boosted his career but also deepened his admiration for the historical figure.

Reflecting on the impact of the film, Kelkar shares how audiences consistently praised both the movie and his portrayal of Shivaji Maharaj, highlighting the pride associated with the project.

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Although Kelkar didn’t have the opportunity to enact Shivaji Maharaj during his childhood, he utilized his platform to advocate for greater awareness of the historical figure. He approached the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh to include more extensive chapters on Shivaji Maharaj in school textbooks, aiming to educate future generations about his legacy.

In summary, Sharad Kelkar’s portrayal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior” stands as a significant milestone in his career, evoking pride and admiration from audiences across India. Through his role, Kelkar seeks to inspire greater awareness and appreciation for the legacy of Shivaji Maharaj among today’s youth.