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Review of Swatantra Veer Savarkar: Director Randeep Hooda surpasses Actor in an Oddly Fascinating Story

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A strangely fascinating film, directed and acted in by Randeep Hooda, pays homage to Veer Savarkar over an extended period. The Hooda behind the camera stole the film.
Veer Savarkar

In the kitchen of a London home, the ideologue and the future father of the country cross paths at some point in the first part of Swatantra Veer Savarkar. While Savarkar is marinating his favourite prawns, Gandhi shows in with his hands folded, trying to give his techniques a touch of vegetarian gentleness. This is a compelling, stressful moment that brings together different points of view that, even after 75 years of independence, still divide the nation in addition to two well-known ideologues. 

To the credit of the movie, the scenario is expertly crafted as a close-knit standoff between two guys who, despite sharing the same objective, disagree on the best route to get there. The devices—meat as a symbol of intentional violence—are placed intriguingly, with the camera hovering just outside the frame while a friendly conversation devolves into an ideological spat. Like the majority of the movie, this one is intriguing but not quite believable.

In this movie, which he also partially produced and directed, Randeep Hooda plays Savarkar. Hooda’s techniques and commitment to his craft are widely known, and in this performance, which is equal parts eccentric and focused, he gives it his all. A nearly skeletal figure, a depleted face, and a hard, curled lip are all components of a part that is unquestionably committed. 

Swatantra Veer Savarkar
Swatantra Veer Savarkar

Story of Veer Savarkar

The story opens with Savarkar as a young Marathi boy travelling to London to pursue his legal studies. Having been radicalized at an early age, he plans to use the law of the Empire to subvert the cruel rule of the Crown over his homeland. Veer Savarkar is an inspiration to many young rebels, fighters, and martyrs from London. His idea of militarism and his belief that military struggle is the only way to get past the British bureaucracy’s veneer contrast sharply with Gandhi’s (Rajesh Khera) nonviolent strategy. Since the latter is frequently presented as a coerced recipient, the former might be presented as the visionary that the nation was unaware it possessed.

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Review of Swatantra Veer Savarkar

“What unquestionably stands out throughout the film is Randeep Hooda in the titular role, also credited as the film’s director, co-writer, and co-producer,” the Hindustan Times wrote in its review of the movie. His amazing physical metamorphosis (dropping thirty kg), along with his exposed ribs and decaying teeth, is still both impossible to miss and a distressing sight to witness. There are numerous graphic images of him being brutally assaulted when incarcerated in the infamous cellular jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as well as his time spent in solitary confinement at Kaalapani, all of which leave you feeling sick to your stomach. He makes an impression whether playing a defenceless prisoner or a valiant commander.”

Regarding the film Swatantra Veer Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, also known as Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, was one of the most significant and divisive individuals in Indian history and is portrayed in the film Swatantrya Veer Savarkar. The adventures and tribulations of freedom fighter Swatantrya Veer Savarkar in the war for India’s independence are captured in the movie.

In addition to directing the movie, Randeep is one of its stars. The film also stars Amit Sial and Ankita Lokhande. Producers include Yogesh Rahar, Anand Pandit, Sandeep Singh, Randeep Hooda, and Zee Studios. Anwar Ali, Panchali Chakraborty, Sam Khan, and Roopa Pandit have all contributed to its co-production.

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