Randeep Hooda’s ‘Swatantra Veer Savarkar’ attracts criticism from grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose

 A day after release of the trailer of the upcoming movie, Swatantra Veer Savarkar, directed by and starring Randeep Hooda in the lead, the film ran into controversy with grandnephew of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, Chandra Kumar Bose, coming out with a warning against makers of the movie.

The over three-minute trailer of the film shows Savarkar meeting key figures in Indian Independence movement like M.K. Gandhi, Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak among others even as it recounts the life journey of Veer Savarkar.

Taking to X, Chandra Kumar Bose said he appreciated the director making a film on Veer Savarkar but added that it is important that the true personality of Veer Savarkar is projected.

He asked Hooda to refrain from “linking ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s’ name with Savarkar.”

“Netaji was an inclusive secular leader & patriot of patriots,” Chandra Kumar Bose wrote.

He also retweeted a tweet that read: “Netaji didn’t go for any sort of compromise with the British imperialist. In contrast Savarkar was a mercy-petition-wala, & is widely known for that, accepting stipends from the British colonialists. Subhas equated Savarkar with Jinnah.”

Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Randeep Hooda Films, in collaboration with Legend Studios and Avak Films, is set to hit screens on March 22.

Earlier, speaking about the movie, Hooda had claimed that this was not a propaganda movie. “It (the movie) will counter all the propaganda against Savarkar that has been going on for decades. He was not a ‘maafiveer’ (apologist). Not only him, but many other people too wrote mercy petitions at the time. I have addressed this very extensively in the film,” the director-actor said in an interview to Mid-Day.