Randeep Hooda is coming up with a biopic on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, also known as Swatantraveer Savarkar. But the film has been the talk of the town, since its teaser was released online. The teaser claims that Savarkar was the inspiration behind revolutionaries like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, and Khudiram Bose, and this statement has caused lot of debate.
The family members of Netaji and Khudiram Bose have rubbished the claims made by the makers in the teaser and also termed it as ‘mockery of history’
Anita Bose, Netaji Bose’s daughter, told TOI that the only thing her father and Savarkar had in common was their faith. Her father was a religious man, she said, a “devout Hindu.” She further stated that Netaji respected all religions and, like Mahatma Gandhi, was opposed to religious strife. She went on to say that Savarkar’s supporters should support Netaji’s vision for India. She finished by adding that supporters of Savarkar should not “hijack him for views that were certainly not his.”
Netaji’s grandnephew, Chandra Bose, said that there is ample evidence, in writings and speeches, that he opposed Savarkar. He went on to add that there are a lot of speeches where Netaji said that nothing can be expected from Savarkar and Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Subrata Roy, Khudiram Bose’s grandson, has stated that he has never come across any literary work that implies the revolutionary was influenced by Savarkar. Roy further stated that Khudiram Bose was a member of the Anushilan Samiti, an underground group of revolutionaries. Satyen Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh, and Hemchandra Kanungo were his inspirations.