New Delhi: After the controversial declassification of files pertaining to the mystery over the death of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, a Bengali film is being made based on the life of Gumnami Baba whose eerie similarity to the late Indian leader has been subjected to intense speculation.
Subhash Chandra Bose was purportedly killed in the Taihoku air crash of August 18, 1945; no movies have been made recreating a life for the leader after the incident.
Amlan Kusum Ghosh, the director of the film, said that “Sannyasi Deshonayak: Quest for Truth and Justice” will be revolving around the plot on how Bose reappeared as a Baba in Uttar Pradesh.
“Gumnami Baba is one of the possibilities. It’s not a biopic, but a docu-fiction. We are not ruling out anything,” the director said.
The director also said that Gumnami Baba was a fluent speaker of Urdu and Russian apart from Bengali, Hindi and English.
“It is my responsibility (as a Bengali) to work on the subject. The films made so far deal with his life up to 1945, but I wonder why no director, including Shyam Benegal in his The Forgotten Hero, has dwelt on the possibility of Netaji surviving the air crash!” Ghosh told reporters.
Actor Victor Banerjee will be playing the role Subhash Chandra Bose in the new movie which will also see performance from Saswata Chatterjee.
The director told reporters he has extensively done research on the life of Subhash Chandra Bose to exactly recreate historical facts in his movie.