Swatantrya Veer Savarkar

Swatantrya Veer Savarkar (2024) movie review

When the heroes of the freedom struggle are mentioned, today’s generation knows only the names of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. But this film ‘Swatantrya Veer Savarkar’ presents on screen the painful struggle saga of many forgotten heroes who risked everything for the country before the era of Gandhi and Nehru.

Story of ‘Swatantrya Veer Savarkar’

The story of this film starts from the last decade of the 18th century, when the country was struggling with a plague epidemic. The countrymen, under the slavery of the British government, were dying the death of insects due to lack of proper resources. We have also seen the dangerous times of Corona, but at that time the British used to burn people suffering from plague alive. During the same time, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s (Randeep Hooda) father Damodar Savarkar became a victim of plague and passed away from this world, handing over the responsibility of his family to his elder son Ganesh Damodar Savarkar (Amit Sial) and his wife.

Damodar had explained to his three sons that the British were very powerful so there was no point in fighting them. Despite this, Vinayak, who had anti-British views since childhood, along with his elder brother Ganesh, laid the foundation of a secret organization Abhinav Bharat, which advocated armed struggle against the British. Savarkar not only burnt British clothes fiercely, but all the youth associated with his organization killed many British officers.

Movie review:

During that time, Savarkar received the blessings of the prominent leader of the freedom movement, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Savarkar went to London to study law to learn the art of defeating the British with their own strategies. Indian revolutionaries present in London used to gather at Shyamji Krishna Varma’s India House. With their help, Savarkar collected weapons for the members of his organization and learned how to make bombs.

Madan Lal Dhingra, associated with his organization, created a sensation by publicly shooting Curzon Wylie, the head of the British Secret Service in London. After this audacious incident, Savarkar was arrested and sent to India and given double life imprisonment and sent to Kala Pani i.e. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, from which it is said that no one returns. To know the story beyond this, you will have to go to the cinema hall.

Actor Randeep Hooda, who is known for completely immersing himself in his characters, has a lot of influence on the film ‘Swatantrya Veer Savarkar’. Apart from playing the lead role in this film, he has also handled the work of its direction and production. He has also written its story along with Utkarsh Naithani. As a director, Randeep has worked hard on the film. This almost three hour long film connects you with its characters in the beginning.

This is Randeep Hooda’s first film as a director. Mahesh Manjrekar was supposed to direct this film earlier but due to mutual differences, Randeep Hooda wore this cap. Many frames of the film are very amazing i.e. cinematography is very good but there is a lack of direction where the director did not shorten the long scenes on editing.

Playing the role of both actor and director in the film is not an easy task but its pressure is not visible on Randeep Hooda’s acting but it is definitely visible that so much focus was given on his character in the film that the work of secondary actors and their character graph seems very less in front of him. There are many monologues in the film where Randeep is talking while looking at the camera but after a time it becomes so much that you start getting bored.

Randeep Hooda has lived Veer Savarkar, you will be surprised to see his transformation in the film. In many scenes it becomes difficult to understand that this is the same Randeep whom we saw in Highway, Kick.

The interval of the film takes place at a very interesting point. Although after the interval the story becomes a bit cumbersome, but soon it comes back on track. Earlier this film was to be released last year, but Randeep has re-shot many parts of the film and the effect of his hard work is visible in the film. Especially after watching the Kaala Paani scene, Randeep’s avatar in the film Sarabjit comes to mind. Talking about the acting of the actors, Randeep has worked hard in his character. The result of this is that you see only Savarkar on the screen.

Many of his scenes make your eyes moist and some make you laugh. Amit Sial has played the role of Savarkar’s elder brother and he suits this role very well, while Mrinal Dutt’s work as Madan Lal also leaves a different impression. We have not seen this avatar of Ankita Lokhande before, she has played the character of Yamuna Bai very well, however Rajesh Khera as Mahatma Gandhi does not have what you would want to see in this character.

Other artists including Amit Sial have also done good work. However, apart from Vinayak and Ganesh, other actors of the film do not fit into their roles. The cinematography of the film is good and its sets are also beautifully designed. Of course, it was not easy to bring a 100-year-old era on screen. The horrific scenes of black water give goosebumps to the audience. The background score of the film and the dress designing of the characters are also strong. However, the music of the film is not that strong. None of its songs is able to arouse patriotic fervor in the audience.

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