Bollywood film review – ‘Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File’ Must watch on this Independence Day. Subtle yet inspiring. Rating – 3.5


Reviewed by ARYEMAN RAJ


What’s it about?

It is the ironic journey of Gour Hari Das. As a young boy and a part of the ‘Vanar Sena’ in Balasore, Orissa, he fought the British. In the later years of his life, when his son refuses to accept that he was a freedom fighter, Gour Hari Das obsessively pursues the Tamra Patra (freedom fighter’s certificate) for 32 years to prove his point.


While most actors like Vinay Pathak and Konkona Sen Sharma have played roles beyond their age, they have consistently stood out with their performances. The body language they have exuded in their portrayals is commendable. Pathak is restrained in his demeanour and does full justice to his role. Konkona doesn’t have stealing moments yet adds the slight limp to lend value to her role. One expected some wow moments from her role but somehow the character is just a caricature in the film.

Ranvir Shorey as the journalist and protagonist who supports Gour Hari to fight his battle has different shades which he pulls off with ease. Tannishtha Chatterjee supports the cast superfluously.

What is commendable is the ensemble cast who have agreed to do small roles since the characters lend some value to the story flow .

Screenplay and dialogues:

Truly commendable in the narrative, C P Surendran has chosen just the right scenes from reality to give a smooth and uninterrupted flow to the film. The dialogues are a stand-out, almost piercing like a pin and driving the country’s current status bang on.


It requires guts for a director to make a film on such a subject. More so, the producers deserve a pat on their backs for producing such a venture which could win them critical acclaim at film festivals and not rake the moolah at the box-office.

Anant Narayan Mahadevan has ably controlled the entire film with the right packaging. The production values are good, the sound design done by
Resul Pookutty leaves its mark in some scenes. The shot taking has some brilliant moments.

Anant has ensured that he has a subtle product on hand without glorifying the filmi touches or jerks which promote an inspiring film. He has done a brilliant job and handled the story with kids gloves.

This film could win some awards and garner critical acclaim.

Box-office rating:

The film will suffer stiff competition from commercial films being released this week. However, classes who appreciate intelligent cinema will definitely watch it. Overall box-office collections could be low but may pick up in the coming weeks like Masaan did.


Star cast – Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Ranvir Shorey, Rajit Kapur, Murli Sharma, Asrani, Siddharth Jadhav, Neena Kulkarni, Bharat Dabholkar, Vinay Apte and Vikram Gokhale

Director :
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

Producer :
Bindiya Khanolkar
Sachin Khanolkar

Music Director :
Dr L Subramaniam

Line Producer :
Kumar Bhaskar

Screenplay :
C P Surendran

Make Up :
Santosh Gayake

Costume Designer :
Aparna Shah

Editor :
Sreekar Prasad

Publicity Designer :
Deven Kotak Brainstorm

Art Director :
Chetan Pathak

Sound Department :
Resul Pookutty

Director Of Photography :
Alphonse Roy