Rajkumar Santoshi has released the trailer for his directorial debut, Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh. His film will compete at the box office with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s Pataan, which is set to hit theatres on January 25.
Rajkumar Santoshi debuted the teaser for his directorial debut, Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh, in Mumbai on Wednesday. The filmmaker spoke about his film’s clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pataan in a news conference here. The Yash Raj film will be released in theatres on January 25, while Santoshi’s Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh will be released on Republic Day, January 26.
Speaking on the feud with Pathaan, Santoshi said, “Shah Rukh Khan is a very diligent actor. He is one of the industry’s most well-known figures. I’ve known him for years, and he’s a wonderful person. He puts a lot of effort into his films, and I wish him the best of luck with his. Yash Raj Films is a well-known production company that is releasing an ambitious film. They have their own fan base, and they will see their movies. Our film is quite distinctive; individuals who are interested in and enjoy such films would watch ours. Ours is not a song-and-dance movie; it is rather different. I’m not concerned about such stuff (box office clash). Both films are quite distinct in nature, and each has its place. I’m not concerned about who is in front of us; I’m simply concerned with my film.”
The filmmaker also spoke on returning to the director’s chair after almost a decade.
Santoshi said, “I want to first and foremost erase the 9-year gap. I don’t want people to think of myself as a filmmaker making a comeback. Above all, I want the audience to realise that I created a picture worth seeing.” Santoshi then revealed that his picture obtained a ‘U’ certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He also discussed how his film received unanimous approval from the CBFC members even after going through revision and receiving the certificate without the board requesting any edits.”
He stated, “We did the picture with honesty. It’s a daring picture with dialogue crafted in a way that’s never been done before. We did not distort anything; instead, we presented Gandhi and Godse’s ideas in the guise of a conversation. They are blunt, and nothing has been sugar-coated. We were apprehensive about the censor board (permission), myself and Asgar sahab (Asghar Wajahat, the writer on whose play the film is based) took a backpack full of literature on Gandhi and Godse.
We waited for a half hour, worrying about what would be erased and what complaints would be lodged. When we were invited inside, they all appeared satisfied, and they recommended we remove a character’s surname, which we agreed to do.”
He then stated how his picture went for modification at the CBFC as the film is a “sensitive issue”.
He explained, “We inquired when we would get the certificate, and I was told it will be submitted to the revision (committee) and that the video will be watched by 18 people, and they want to be doubly careful since it is a delicate issue.”