Gour Hari Dastaan (2015)
(Released: Aug 14, 2015)
Gaur Hari Das loved to talk about his adventures as a freedom fighter...a favourite used to be. Soon he realized that people and kids were sniggering behind his back, dubbing him a fibber. One day his son sought admission in the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in King Circle, and Das was told that a freedom fighter's certificate would facilitate an entry into the institute.
Das had his first brush with bureaucracy when he was told that he could not obtain a certificate from Maharashtra, as he had fought from the state of Orissa. Which forced him to point out that he hadn't fought for a state, but for the country!
Disillusioned, Das backed out and refused to pursue the matter anymore. Even his family discouraged. It was then that a friend, Rajeev Singhal suggested that he meet Mohan Joshi, an advocate with conviction and a tough man who wouldn't fall for any smooth talk. If Das could convince Joshi of his intentions, then maybe Joshi could find a way out...
Before he met Joshi, there were even offers for a certificate and higher pensions if Das greased a few palms. But he hadn't braved the British, and spent time behind bars for 180 days to succumb to red tapism now.
The utter callousness of the officials was an eye opener to Das. And a new Das was born... He suddenly realized that this wasn't the country he had fought for. And this was the country he couldn't abandon either! He was determined not to let the sacrifices of his ilk be squandered by a set of people out to erode a value system they had upheld in the face of near impossible situations. .
And not unexpectedly, the fight against his own countrymen was getting tougher. Das waged a 30 year battle to prove his credentials. A battle strewn with the bodies of a decaying system, a fumbling democracy and guilty consciences. And then the struggle bore fruit...he won!... he turned back for the most scathing famous last words..."the fight with our own people was tougher...we were better off in the Raj era!!".
Gour Hari Dastaan - The Freedom File based on Hari Gaur Das' memoirs, is a telling comment on a country's present that has failed to justify the past. It's the dramatic tale of two generations locked in a see-saw battle... one extolling values, the other groping in the dark. And it's the future that's at stake!