Reel Vs Real: The Good Maharaja Movie Based On Maharaja Of Jamnagar’s Real Story?

Directed by Vikash Verma and produced by G7 Films Poland, Sanjay Dutt starring – The Good Maharaja, is also set to be released in theatres on December 17. Notably, The Good Maharaja is a historical play starring Sanjay Dutt alias Baba in lead role, along with Gulshan Grover, Dhruv Verma, Deepraj Rana and Sharad Kapoor. However, the movie sparked a bit of controversy earlier, months before its release.

Originally taken from Omung Kumar of Legend Studios, following the release of the first look, Omung Kumar and Sandeep Singh, co-owners of Legend Studios, had to face a cease-and-desist notice from the daughters of Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji. “The movie is about a public figure. If the facts are twisted in any way, it would defame the image of Maharaja. Hence our clients object to it, as no one took any permission from them,” claims the legal indicative.

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Moreover, now the question arises, is The Good Maharaja based on a true story? Or not? The answer to this is yes! As per the info, its story is inspired by the saga of the Jamnagar’s Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, the braveheart who, during World War II, saved the lives of a thousand Polish kids. Notably, the story is based on the Indo-Polish war, and Sanjay Dutt is seen playing the lead role of Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja!

Who Was Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja?

Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, the king of Jam Sahib of the state of Nawanagar, now known as Jamnagar, Gujarat, was a courageous leader remembered and respected for his bravery. He was the Maharaja of Jam Sahib from 1933-66, succeeding his uncle Ranjitsinhji, the renowned cricketer. In 1933, after Ranjitsinhji passed away, his nephew Digvijaysinhji succeeded him as Maharaja Jam Sahib and carried on his uncle’s growth and charitable programmes. 

Sir Digvijaysinhji, who was knighted in 1935, joined the Chamber of Princes and served as its president from 1937-43. Also, he was a member of several prestigious sporting clubs and upheld his uncle’s cricketing legacy by serving as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1937 to 1938. Notably, during 1933-34, he was the captian of Western India during the first class match against the MCC. 

Furthermore, Sir Digvijaysinhji became a member of the Imperial War Cabinet, National Defense Council, and Pacific War Council during the Second World War. For Polish refugees who were taken out of the USSR during World War II, Maharaja Digvijaysinhji established the Polish Children’s Camp at Jamnagar-Balachadi in 1942, which lasted till 1945 until the kids were moved to Valivade, a neighbourhood in Kolhapur. 

That location now has the Sainik School of Balachadi, spread in 300-acres. To honour Maharaja Digvijaysinhji’s tradition, the Jamsaheb Digvijaysinh Jadeja School was founded in Warsaw. A special resolution honouring Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhji for his assistance to Polish children who were refugees during World War II, was unanimously approved by the Polish Parliament in 2016, 50 years after Jam Saheb’s death. 

Moreover, he has always been remembered for his courage and wholeheartedness, as during World War II, even many European and Asian countries refused to give any shelter to the Polish kids. Surprisingly, even the British governor stopped them from entering Mumbai, Maharashtra. However, Maharaja himself pressurised the British governor and sent a ship to bring those children to Nawanagar. 

The movie shows how bravely the Maharaja established a camp for Polish children and took care of their education, in order to keep their tradition and culture alive. The Good Maharaja, scheduled to be released tomorrow in theatres, is something interesting to watch. Also, for Sanjay Dutt fans, it’s something exciting as Sanju Baba is seen in a new avatar and after a long time!

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