Sherdil The Pilibhit Saga trailer: Pankaj Tripathi is on a suicide mission in this satire inspired by real-life events

New Delhi:

The trailer of director Srijit Mukherji’s satire Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga, starring Pankaj Tripathi, was unveiled on Friday. The film is inspired by bizarre true practice near the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, where people used to leave their elderly family members for tigers to prey on and then claim compensation from the administration. Bankrolled by T-Series, Reliance Entertainment and Match Cut Productions, the film is slated for a theatrical release on June 24. 

In the film, Tripathi features as Gangaram, the sarpanch of a village, who is refused compensation by the authorities after wild animals destroy farm land operated by his fellow villagers. He then conspires with villagers to manipulate a government scheme under which  the families of people who die of tiger attacks will be given Rs 10 lakh as compensation. When villagers can’t come to a conclusion who should be killed near the tiger reserve, Gangaram rises to the occasion, all set to sacrifice himself as he draws a comparison between himself and Bhagat Singh. This does not sound very pleasing to his wife, played by Sayani Gupta, who reminds him that Bhagat Singh did not have two kids unlike him. 

In a statement, director Srijit Mukherji said, “I got inspired by the real incident of tragic practises in villages bordering the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and I knew I had to capture it in my next. It takes great courage to sacrifice one’s life to save the family and my film revolves around this heroism with a focus on man and nature conflict. This subject is really close to my heart and I hope it will ignite the same emotions with the audiences regarding various social issues in our society.”


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