Nitesh Rane has turned producer and like his brother Nilesh, he too will be making his debut film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Coincidence?

Saumit Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 04, 2010)

Nitesh Rane (l) and  Nilesh Rane (r)

Soon after Maharashtra revenue minister Narayan Rane’s older son Nilesh turned producer and launched Nilesh Rane Productions, the younger one has decided to follow. Nitesh Rane has decided to launch E-sense Motion Pictures. What’s interesting though is that this has happened in the wake of him being accused of allegedly shooting at a Swabhiman Sangathana (NGO) activist, Chintu Sheikh.

While both brothers will be working under separate banners, their debuts incidentally happen to be 3D films, both on Shivaji Maharaj. Is it just sibling love or a coincidence?

While Nilesh is planning a 3-D period film on Shivaji called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Nitesh’s is a 3-D animation film called Bal Shivba, which will apparently be an attempt to portray the young Shivaji as a modern-day superhero, who solves problems faced by youngsters in contemporary Mumbai.

Shankar Nikalje, who is closely associated with the production of Bal Shivba said, “We are looking at a release sometime in early 2012.”

While the company that worked on Yash Raj’s Roadside Romeo is handling the animation for Nitesh’s film, Bal Shivba, a Hollywood one that worked on SFX for Gladiator, is being roped in for Nilesh’s period film.

A still from Bal Shivba

VL Satyam, the co-producer of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj said, “The film is currently in the final stages of scripting. It is too early to conjecture on the cast but the pivotal role, besides Shivaji, will be that of Aurangzeb.”

Said Nitesh Rane, “The character we have created is inspired by Shivaji Maharaj and will be a youth hero.”