This is the question that veteran director Rajkumar Santoshi is trying to answer with his upcoming filmGandhi Godse: Ek Yudh.
The film’s trailer dropped yesterday and invited people to imagine a reality where Mahatma Gandhi survived the assassination attempt on his life by Nathuram Godse. The movie is set in the aftermath of India’s Partition which led to communal riots bringing the nation to its knees.
The trailer shows an increasingly radicalised Godse fuming at Gandhi’s supposed involvement in destroying the Hindu nation and supporting Muslims who, according to him, do not mean well for the country.
The three-minute-long trailer delves into the clash between the ideologies of Gandhi and Godse when the former decides to meet his almost-killer after surviving the attack. It also gives us a glimpse at other prominent political figures of the era, including Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Patel, and BR Ambedkar.
The movie stars Chinmay Mandelkar and Deepak Antani as Godse and Gandhi respectively and will also mark the debut of Anuj Saini and Santoshi’s daughter Tanisha. The music is composed by A.R. Rahman.
This is Santoshi’s first directorial after Phata Poster Nikla Hero (2013), which starred Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. He has previously directed superhits like Ghayal, Damini, Ghatak, and Andaaz Apna Apna.
The movie is set to release on January 26, 2023.