Review: Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File

Gour Hari Dastaan

Gour Hari Dastaan

Genre: Biography, Drama
Duration: 114 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 14-AUG-2015

Gour Hari Das, a freedom fighter who works in Khadi Kraft and lives along with his wife & son, lives a content life in his  neighborhood. However, one day when his son is unable to secure college admission for lack of a Freedom Fighter’s Certificate, he feels the need to establish his identity. In the quest for this piece of paper to prove his authenticity to his son, his neighbors & to the world, he begins a journey that sucks up almost his entire life.

Overall Review: Film directed by Ananth Mahadevan and penned by renowned journalist C P Surendran, speaks about freedom fighter Gour Hari Das, who had to fight it out with the corrupt system to get identity in the society. Narrated in a non- linear manner, film is slow paced and highlights the eroding value system in democratic India. Every scene in the movie is brilliant, and has its own importance to the story. However, the impact of a strong beginning and climax is dulled by the middle portion, which gets too dramatic at times. This keeps the film from ever being truly hard-hitting or as impactful as it could’ve been. What makes the film a cut above the rest is: Melange of actors with powerful performances, Great Cinematography and Nice Background music.Performance & Technical Review: One would frankly never associate Vinay Pathak (known for his comic roles in movies such as ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Bheja Fry’) with a role as serious as this. That works in his favor as he breaks the barrier and delivers an impeccable performance as the Freedom Fighter, Gour Hari Das. His body-language, dialogue delivery, facial expressions is so perfect that no one could have done justice to this role much better than him (reminds me of Anupam Kher in movie Saaransh). Konkona Sen Sharma plays the supportive wife with typical house-wife mannerisms with perfection. It was a delight to watch her on-screen after such a long time. Rajit Kapur and Vikram Gokhale make lasting impressions, despite their lack of screen time. Vinay Pathak is aptly supported by Ranvir Shorey as his journalist friend, Rajeev Singhal, who helps him in his endeavour. As a director, Ananth Mahadevan is sincere in his approach. He portrays the subject with complete honesty. Alphonse Roy’s camera work is splendid with quite a lot of visual motifs catching the eye.PDF Verdict: All things considered, Gour Hari Dastaan might not be your festive weekend entertainer but what makes this film worthy is that it brings out the patriot in you. Rightly said by: Mary Anne Radmacher: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” If you looking for simple, offbeat cinema dealing with patriotism with powerhouse performances from ensemble cast, then this biopic is worth watching.

Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 4.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music and Background Score: 3.5 on 5
Cinematography: 4 on 5

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