Swatantrya Veer Savarkar teaser launch marks his 140th birth anniversary

Randeep Hooda portrays Veer Savarkar in the film he directs, co-produces and co-writes as well. Photo: Deepak Sahu

On May 28, India celebrated the 140th birth anniversary of one of the most controversial yet visionary and influential revolutionary leaders of the Indian freedom struggle—Veer Savarkar. Marking this important date, the makers of Swatantrya Veer Savarkar have launched a hard-hitting teaser that has left the audience in awe and shock with an intriguing question.

While we have heard stories of various leaders, activists and freedom fighters from those times, Savarkar’s ideologies and contributions have never been highlighted in Indian history books. Savarkar was a revolutionary who was “most wanted” by the Britishers because of his strong influence in building the armed revolution in India, which contributed immensely to India getting its freedom.

He also inspired Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Khudiram Bose, Madanlal Dhingra and many others. Speaking about the omitted history, the teaser points out how action could have got India independence much earlier had the country followed in the footsteps of Savarkar.

This historic film also marks the directorial debut of Randeep Hooda. He will also be seen on the screen in the title role.

Producer Anand Pandit says, “”This is a very prestigious project for us because of the incredible impact that Veer Savarkar had on our nation’s freedom struggle. His story, unfortunately, has not been told to us as a country and we hope our film will complete that lacuna. We present the film’s first look and hope the audience comes back asking for more.”

Filmamaker Sandeep Singh added, “People the world over continue to misunderstand him. They wanted, and still want him to apologize, without knowing the reason.  When I say that Veer Savarkar was truly a patriot, I mean it, and stand by it staunchly. Thus, for those who have misunderstood him, they need to watch our film to get the factual information. The events that have transpired in the past cannot be changed. I feel privileged and grateful to have got an opportunity to make a film on one of our greatest freedom fighter of his time.”

Launching the teaser, Randeep said, “Savarkar led an incredible life, and as I learned more about him while researching for my film, I have come to admire him tremendously. So it gives me immense pleasure to share a sneak peek into our film on his 140th birthday.”

Swatantrya Veer Savarkar also has Ankita Lokhande and Amit Sial in lead roles. Directed and co-written by Randeep Hooda with Utkarsh Naithani, Swatantrya Veer Savarkar is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Randeep Hooda Films with Legend Studios and Avak Films. SwatantryaVeer Savarkar is  produced by Anand Pandit, Sandeep Singh, Randeep Hooda, Sam Khan and Yogesh Rahar.  The principal shooting for the film is almost complete, and the film is slated to release in cinemas this year.

22 years back, Veer Savarkar (2001) was India’s first crowd-funded film that was written and directed by Ved Rahi with Shailendra Gaur playing the title-role. This film was produced by Savarkar Darshan Prathisthan, under the president-ship of legendary composer Sudhir Phadke, who also scored the film’s background music, and was authentically researched. However, due to political reasons, it could not be screened in the entire country.



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