Versatile actor, R Madhavan is all set to play Indian inventor and engineer Gopalaswamy Doraiswami Naidu (GD Naidu) in his next feature film. Naidu is called the ‘Edison of India’, he is credited with manufacturing the first electric motor in India. He made significant contributions in various fields including mechanical, electrical and agriculture. It is noteworthy that the earlier biopic GD Naidu – The Edison of India, produced by the Films Division of India, had won the ‘Best Science and Technology Film Award’ at the 66th National Film Awards, 2019.
The project was announced by the production banner MediaOne Global Entertainment Limited on their social media handles. The makers said in a tweet, “MediaOne Global Entertainment Limited has signed on with GD Naidu Charity to produce a biopic on the life and achievements of Miracle Man #GDNaidu, starring @ActorMadhavan in the lead.”
GD Rajkumar, Mr Naidu’s grandson and son of GD Naidu Charities Managing Trustee GD Gopal, told The Hindu that the aim of the film was to inspire youth towards science and innovation. “My grandfather had recorded many details about his life and innovations, which are kept in the library in the memorial gallery. The film is an extension of this. We hope to inspire today’s youth towards science and innovations…’
Filmmaker Krishan Kumar is attached to direct the film. Madhavan was last seen playing the role of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in the biopic “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect”, which he also directed. The actor has been a part of several highest-grossing films including Vikram Vedha, 3 Idiots and Irudhi Suttru. The actor made his film debut in the 1997 film Inferno. Since then, he has appeared in films such as Guru, Rang De Basanti, Ivanhoe Oruvan, Naan Aval Adhu, Om Shanti, Vazhthugal, Rocketry: The Manby Effect and many more.
(With inputs from PTI)