On the 122nd birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the first look poster of Gumnaami was revealed. On the occasion Independence Day, Shree Venkatesh Films (SVF) unveiled Prosenjit Chatterjee’s look as Gumnaami Baba from the film. It is a story based on the mysterious Sadhu from Ghaziabad whom many suspected and speculated to be the Indian revolutionary Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Netaji was a big threat to the Allied Forces and the British Raj. Whether he died on August 18, 1945 in a plane crash in Taiwan or he escaped his fate and lived on in disguise, is a speculation that still didn't get a proper validation.
Gumnaami Baba was a lesser known Sadhu, who lived a discreet life in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, India, during late 1950 to 1985 hiding away from the world. He created a buzz after his death when numerous official documents, photographs, and a lot of belongings were found from his room that not only linked him to various political and historical happenings but also things that possibly belonged to none other than Subhash Chandra Bose.
The makers have also launched the teaser of the film in both Bengali and Hindi languages. Take a look:
The power-packed teaser starts with the voice of Netaji (portrayed by veteran Indian actor and superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee) making an oath to Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and seeking his blessings that he would return to India only after securing its independence from the colonial rule.
This is followed by speculation on the various theories that surround the death of Netaji being narrated to the Mukherjee Commission by Chandrachur Dhar (portrayed by Anirban Bhattacharya). The first theory suggests that he died on 18th August 1945 in a plane crash in Taiwan and this remains as the official theory till date. The second theory suggests that he escaped to Russia and was captured and killed in a prison. The third theory being that he escaped the plane crash, travelled back to India and lived in disguise as an ascetic.
The teaser ends with the statement that on the occasion of Bengal’s biggest festival, the Bengali audience will seek the answers behind one of the greatest conspiracies in Indian history.
Speaking about the film, National Award-winning director, Srijit Mukherji said, “Netaji did not die in the plane crash and is alive” - is a sentence that I have been hearing since childhood. Even today when the whole country and media are pondering upon the fact whether he died, Bose’s death remains a mystery. I have never felt the rush in the adrenalin as much as I experienced while writing this film and I’m hoping my audience will feel the same.”
The film also stars Tnusree Chakraborty. The music used in the film is the original soundtrack by INA and DL Roy and has been rearranged by National Award Winning music director Indraadip Dasgupta. Gumnaami is produced by Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni under the banner of SVF. The film is releasing on October 2, 2019.
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