‘Chandrashekhar Azad was wronged by Gandhi, Nehru’, says Aazaad

Debutante director Aazaad who is making the Chandrashekhar Azad biopic speaks about the brave freedom fighter

After almost five decades since it became redundant, Indian cinema’s prominent studio Bombay Talkies is all set to get back into action. The production house is ready to release a biopic on freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

Established by filmmaker Himanshu Roy and legendary actress Devika Rani in 1934, the studio is coming up with biopic titled, Rashtraputra – The Commander of Surgical Strikes. Directed by debutante Aazaad, the film has been produced in five languages in English, Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi, and Hindi. Aazaad, who also plays the lead role in the film, says, “Our founder Rajnarayan Dubey used to believe that Chandrashekhar Azad didn’t get the justice he deserved. He used to feel very strongly about it. Azad was a revolutionary and he influenced many freedom fighters. So he made a film on Azad in 1939 but it got banned. Then he made Kismet in 1943. It became the first blockbuster film of Indian cinema. So Rajnarayanji was very patriotic but he used to feel that Azad was wronged and betrayed by others. If Azad had lived longer then we would have got the independence before 1947. Even his death was very heroic. He shot himself after being surrounded by police in a park in Allahabad.”

“You couldn’t win independence today if we followed Gandhi’s rules. You need an Azad. Since my childhood, I have been an Azad fan. I believe Azad was wronged by Nehru and Gandhi,” he adds. The film has been shot in locations like Allahabad, Jhansi, Delhi where Chandrashekhar Azad carried out the freedom struggle. It is expected to release in March.

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