Today marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel across the country. Sardar was called Iron Man. Based on his unique talent and courage, the work of unifying independent India could be done. This is the reason why the anniversary of his birth is celebrated as National Unity Day. After independence, many movies have been made about many great men and freedom fighters who fought for the country and sacrificed their lives. Among them are the names of great personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Mangal Pandey. More than half a dozen films have been made about Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh. But Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has been absent from Hindi cinema.
Why doesn’t Bollywood understand the importance of Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?
Even though the life of Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is interesting and interesting, so far only one movie has been made about him. The name of this film is ‘Sardar’ which was released in 1994. Its director is Ketan Mehta while actor Paresh Rawal plays the character of Sardar. Apart from this, the character of Iron Man has been included in some movies, but it is a supporting role. The film has been based on the life of another personality with whom Sardar has been associated. For example, in the 1982 film ‘Gandhi’, actor Saeed Jaffrey played the character of Vallabhbhai Patel. Actor Arun Patekar played the role of Sardar in the movie ‘Hey Ram’ released in 2000.
If seen in the true sense, Hindi cinema has not given him the respect befitting the stature and position of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. While Sardar is in great favor in Bollywood. If he had not helped Bollywood before independence, today this film industry, which plays in billions and trillions of rupees, would never have been able to stand. Foreign production houses would have been occupied here. The profits from Hindi movies would have gone into the pockets of foreigners. Hindi filmmakers would have died due to lack of resources and money. Because before independence, the Hindi film industry was trying to get on its feet somehow. But after the advent of the Gandhi era, the cinema began to be neglected, so political support stopped completely.
Ehsaan de Sardar’s history in Hindi cinema is an interesting one. Senior film journalist Anant Vijay writes in Dainik Jagran that with Mahatma Gandhi’s growing influence on the freedom movement, cinema stopped receiving political patronage. The main reason for this was that Gandhi did not like movies. He considered it bad for society. The year is 1945. The filmmaker Kishore Sahu made the film ‘Veer Kunal’. He wanted some great congressional leader to be present at the premiere of this film. Because he wanted to bridge the gap between Congress and the arts. Along with this, the support of Congress for the cinema was also sought. In such a situation, he had contacted Ms. Lilavati Munshi through Purushottamdas Tandon.
Lilavati Munshi accepted his request and arranged his meeting with Sardar. Kishore Sahu came to his house in Mumbai and invited him to attend the premiere of his film. Alongside this, he also mentioned the problems facing the film industry, in which he also talked about the plans of foreign studios to start business in India. He feared that if foreign companies started business in Hindi cinema, then on the basis of their capital they would destroy the Hindi film industry system. Because the economic situation of the film industry in our country was not very good. After listening to Sahu, Sardar assured to go to the premiere of the film ‘Veer Kunal’.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel arrived at the theater on time. There was already a crowd of thousands. Sardar arrived on stage before the film’s premiere. There Kishore Sahu, speaking to him in front of everyone, made him aware of the problems of the film industry. After listening to him, it was Sardar’s turn. He first he wished the success of the film. After this, in his speech, he answered on each topic. He said in clear words that foreign capitalists will not be allowed to come to India to open studios or do film business. If this happens, Congress will openly protest. Satyagraha will be done against them. Sardar, these things had proven to be a lifeline for Hindi cinema.