Veteran filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi needs no introduction. Films like ‘Pukar’, ‘Barsaat’, ‘Damini’, ‘Ghayal’, ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, ‘Lajja’, ‘Khakee’, ‘China Gate’ and ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ tell the story of his talent eh Santoshi, who has received 6 national film awards, returns to Bollywood after 9 years. His last film was ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’. Made on a budget of Rs 40 crore, the film did a worldwide business of Rs 63 crore. Now his new film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’ is set to be released on 26th January next year. His motion poster has been released, showing a glimpse of the ideological differences between Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse.
In Indian cinema, Rajkumar Santoshi is known for making original films. The stories written by him used to be the mirror of his time. Apart from writing the story for the film ‘Ghayal’ released in 1990, he also directed it. For this he obtained the first National Award. This film shows the organized crime of that time and the powerless law and order in front of it. Now, Rajkumar Santoshi, who is making a comeback after a long time, has come up with such a film, which perfectly fits the mood of the country at the moment. Although the number of people who love Mahatma Gandhi in our country is huge, he is called the father of the nation, but the number of people who follow the thoughts of Nathuram Godse is also not less.
Rajkumar Santoshi is making a comeback after 9 years through the film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’.
The main opposition party, Congress, has often been accusing the ruling BJP of promoting Nathuram Godse’s ideas. Hindu Mahasabha celebrates Godse’s birth anniversary every year. Many times Godse Zindabad slogans have been trending on social media on Gandhiji’s birth anniversary. From this it can be understood that supporters of the ideas of Gandhi and Godse are present in the country. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how Rajkumar Santoshi shows the ideas of both of them in the film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’. The released moving poster of this film shows the balance of the views of Gandhi and Godse. However, after listening to it, it’s hard to decide which views were right.
The 2 minute 17 second motion poster of the film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’ begins with voice actor Chinmay Mandlekar playing the role of Nathuram Godse. In this he says, “I wanted to kill you, and I want to, to save the Hindu nation.” Following this, actor Deepak Antani, who plays the role of Mahatma Gandhi, says: A bullet kills a man, not his thoughts. What war was I fighting with you?’Godse says, “War of Ideas”. Gandhi’s voice comes on this, “Ideas are not weapons in the war of ideas.” After this, Gandhiji’s favorite hymn “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Paavan Sita Ram” plays in the background, accompanied by some footage of events that happened during India’s independence. For example, there are images of Gandhi twirling the charkha, Godse’s meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, and the Gandhi-Godse conversation.
Along with this, it has also been shown in the film that Nathuram Godse was in favor of a united India. He was against the partition of India and Pakistan. For this, he spoke with Gandhiji with Nehru, Ambedkar and Patel. He was saddened by the carnage that took place after the Indo-Pak partition. Gandhiji was held responsible for all of this. Not only this, glimpses of Gandhi’s contribution to the country’s independence are also seen. Images of Gandhiji’s Salt Satyagraha and Dandi March have also been shown. In the end, Godse is shown getting shot. In this way, Rajkumar Santoshi is seen trying to strike a balance between the views of Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse.
The story of this movie is written by Rajkumar Santoshi along with Asghar Wajahat. Asgar Wajahat, who was head of the Hindi department at Delhi-based Jamila Millia Islamia, has written three collections of short stories, four novels and six plays. Not only this, he has also written for many movies with Rajkumar Santoshi. Santoshi himself is directing the film. This film, made under the banner of Santoshi Productions and PVR Pictures, is set to be released on January 26, 2023. It has to compete directly with Shahrukh Khan’s highly hyped film ‘Pathan’. The way the atmosphere is being created against ‘Pathan’ amid the Bollywood boycott campaign, ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yuddh’ seems to be benefiting.