Nagraj Manjule's Jhund, starring Amitabh Bachchan, hits theaters today, and the film has already won praise in early reviews from critics. Based on the life of Slum Soccer founder and soccer coach Vijay Barse, Jhund stars as Big B in the title role alongside a group of first-time boys and girls who form the core of the film. In a recent interaction with the Times of India, Vijay Barse revealed that he has actually seen Jhund and is quite impressed with Manjule's work.
He also paid tribute to his favorite actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Speaking to TOI, Barse said ecstatically: "It's the biggest day of my life. I still can't believe it, I've seen the movie. I must say that director Nagraj Manjule has covered every moment of my life in these three hours. Nothing Amitabh, my favorite actor, perfectly represented all my emotions."
He added: "It was a wonderful experience to see Amitabh on screen, I realized many times that the way Vijay Pars expressed it was exactly how I felt at that time in my life." Despite the big event, Pars will continue to train young footballers during the week.
"This journey continues and will continue even after the movie. There is no doubt that the movie is a milestone in my life. But the important thing is random football," Bars said.
Jhund opens in theaters in India on March 4.