The film maker Rajkumar Santoshi Ahead of the release of his next film, Gandhi Godse: Ek Jang Ki, he wrote a letter to Mumbai Special CP Devan Bharti, asking for tighter security for himself and his family. His request came after a few protesters were seen at an event to promote the film. The film is slated to release on January 26 (Republic Day) ahead of Mahatma Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary on January 30. Also read: Rajkumar Santoshi says his film Gandhi Godse Ek Jang ‘sympathizes with both Gandhi and Godse’.
News agency ANI has tweeted a photocopy of the director’s letter. “My team (director, producer and cast) was in the middle of a press conference for the film Gandhi vs Godse when a group of vested interests interrupted it,” read an excerpt from his letter.
“Later, I received several threats from some unknown people to stop the release and promotion of the film. I feel insecure and I further submit that I and my family members may suffer serious harm and injury if such persons are released and if no action is taken by you further. The loss will be not only to us but also to the people. At large,” his letter added.
Gandhi Godse: A War is set in early post-independence India of 1947-48, based on an alternate version of Indian history where Mahatma Gandhi survives an assassination attempt by Nathuram Godse. After recovering, he later visits Godsey in prison where they have an extraordinary discussion. Actor Chinme Mandekar plays the role of Nathuram Godse while Deepak Antani plays the role of Mahatma Gandhi.
Earlier, Congress party members were seen protesting against the film in Madhya Pradesh. Also, Tushar Gandhi earlier told ANI, “I am not surprised because for them Godse is a hero, and if they portray him as a hero, it does not surprise any of us. It should be.But I can’t comment on the merits or demerits of the movie because I haven’t seen it and I don’t intend to watch movies that glorify killers.
“It’s a very well-thought-out game plan and all these characters have been cast to perform and they’ve played the roles according to their lines and their timelines. The same director made Bapu a lot in his film Bhagat Singh. was misrepresented, so it is not surprising that he would make a film praising Godse,” he added.
Gandhi Godse will clash at the box office with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan, which releases on January 25.