Rai says he took inspiration from a news story about the Ford V8 engine's restoration by Allahabhad-based mechanic Hashmat Ullah. He has roped in veteran actors Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Pavan Malhotra apart from Gandhi's grandson Tushar, who plays himself in the film.
Set in Allahabad, 'Road To Sangam' revolves around Hashmat caught in a complex situation when a bomb explosion rocks his town leading to the arrest of innocent Muslims from his locality. The film is a journey of Gandhian values and principles and a journey of patriotism. The treatment of the film is very commercial, but the message is very non-commercial.
Having already generated a buzz in the festival circuit, 'Road To Sangam' had its world premiere at the Ahmedabad International Film Festival this year. It was also screened at the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival to a "standing ovation and a second screening on-demand. Active in theatre for the last 12 years, Rai has been a three-time recipient of the Best Director award at the Maharashtra State Drama competition.
A simple story of a God fearing, devout Muslim mechanic named Hashmat Ullah (Paresh Rawal) who has been entrusted the job of repairing an old V8 ford engine, not knowing the historic significance that it once carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, which were immersed in the holy river 'Sangam'.
He is caught in a complex situation after a powerful bomb explosion rocks his town leading to the arrest of innocent Muslim youths of his locality. A strike to work is called by the prominent Leaders played by Om Puri and Pavan Mallhotra, of his community to protest against the unjust treatment meted out to arrested youths by the police.
Will he support the protest and abandon the repair of the engine or go against the wishes of his community.
Thus begins his journey a journey of Gandhian values and principles. A journey of patriotism A journey called "Road To Sangam ".