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Solar  Eclipse: Fear of Darkness, an action-packed conspiracy thriller set in the late 1940s on the killing of Mahatma Gandhi was shot in Sri Lanka. The thrille, a co-production between the Indian-owned, Dubai-based Nugen Media and veteran Lankan filmmaker Chandran Rutnam of Film Location Services,.

Govind Namdeo, who plays the character of Moraji Desai, the deputy Prime Minister of Bombay and later Prime Minister of India from 1977 to 1979, is a veteran who has acted in 110 films, mostly playing the role of the villain. He says in a career spanning more than  24 years he has at least played the villain in 80 times.He regards the role of the villain as being the next most important after the hero or heroine – and increasingly he is being cast as more virtuous characters, particularly in historical dramas.

Co-directed by Algerian Karim Traidia and Pankaj Sehgal, the Solar Eclipse: Fear of Darkness,  is based on real events in the lead up to the 1948 assassination of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse, a militant Hindu nationalist.

Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino and Om Puri play over-worked intelligence or police officers in Delhi, Bombay and Pune who get wind of the assassination plot and are forced to make critical decisions that would eventually either save the Mahatma or the country. The cast also includes Vinnie Jones, Bobbie Phillips, Vikas Shrivastav, Behzaad Khan, Nasser and Rajit Kapoor.

Namdeo describes the thriller as a film “that celebrates democracy.”He portrays a less honourable politician who tries to manipulate an honest journalist in his quest to become chief minister in first-time director Shailendra Pandey’s JD, which features real-life politician Amar Singh and retired judge P.D. Kode.

The actor graduated from the National School of Drama in 1977 and then spent a decade with NSD’s repertory company. He made his screen debut as a corrupt cop in David Dhawan’s 1992 action-romance Shola Aur Shabnam.

 

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