At the moment Ananth Mahadevan is busy wrapping up his upcoming film Gour Hari Dastaan, a tale based on the struggles of a former freedom fighter. The film, says the director, is on the lines of the incident that grabbed headlines a few days ago, as reported in ’86-yr-old told she can’t ride on bus with freedom fighter pass’. Incidentally, a couple of lead characters in Ananth’s film are portrayed as scribes from our newspaper. The film has been shot in the newspaper’s Parel (East) office.
The report focused on the plight of veteran freedom fighter Sumati Samant, 86, who was recently subjected to extreme harassment on a BEST bus in the city. Says Ananth, “MiD DAY’s expose of a country gone wrong has extended itself to celluloid now. As the nation nears another Independence Day and its ritualistic one-day patriotic flavour, a film that pays tribute to the thousands of faceless freedom fighters who are still fighting for an identity and acknowledgement is being readied for release.”
The film stars Ranveer Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee as journalists from the newspaper. Vinay Pathak plays the titular role of Gour Hari Das. Adds the director, “The film was culled from a huge file of letters that Das wrote to the government authorities and their meandering replies. Das is dubbed a fraud who is masquerading as a freedom fighter for personal gain. That the officials take cover behind this accusation to prevent people from seeing the rot in the system is what the young journalists set out to uncover.”