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On the occasion of Veer Savarkar Jayanti, actor Randeep Hooda unveiled the first look of the biopic Swatantra Veer Savarkar based on the life of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. May 28 marks the 139th birthday of Veer Savarkar, considered one of the pioneers of Hindu nationalist political ideology.

Savarkar was arrested in 1910 and imprisoned in the cellular prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for his connections with the revolutionary group India House. He was later arrested in connection with the assassination of Mahatama Gandhi. However, he was released after no evidence was brought against him.

Randeep Hooda shared the film’s poster on Saturday and wrote: “A salute to one of the greatest unsung heroes of India’s struggle for freedom and self-realization. I hope I can rise to the challenge of walking in the footsteps of a true revolutionary and telling his true story, which has been swept under the rug for so long.”

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Check out Swatantra Veer Savarkar’s first look:

After the unveiling of the poster, some social media trolled Hooda for playing the role of Savarkar. One user wrote that he was wondering how the climax would end. Another user wrote what the hired mercenaries know who was a patriot or a traitor. Bollywood has a habit of making coins on tinsel coins. Another user wrote that India’s first terrorist Nathuram Godse’s mentor will be renamed Freedom Fighter.

Check out the Twitter reactions here:

Led by Mahesh Manjrekar, the creators will start filming soon. The film is financed by Anand Pandit, Sandeep Singh and Sam Khan.

In other news, only 20 people across India reportedly watched Kangana Ranaut’s film Dhaakad on Friday. Read the whole story here.

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