RBN Web Desk: Director Srijit Mukherji’s upcoming project ‘Gumnaami’, based on the life of the Faizabad ascetic Gumnami Baba, will be a two-hero film. Gumnami Baba was believed to be Subhas Chandra Bose, widely revered as Netaji, in hiding.
Netaji reportedly died after suffering severe burns in a plane crash at Taihoku on 18 August 1945. Leading historians and government-appointed commissions have since debunked the claims of his death. Gumnami Baba appeared at Faizabad several years after Netaji’s reported death. He was also known as Bhagwanji among his followers. The man looked strikingly similar to Netaji and had several traits that gave rise to a widespread belief that he was the iconic nationalist leader in hiding. His real identity, however, is still shrouded in mystery.
Speaking to the media recently Srijit said that ‘Gumnaami’ will have two actors as the main protagonists. While Prosenjit Chatterjee will play the ascetic, the other actor will be finalised soon, he informed.
The film is based on Anuj Dhar and Chandrachur Ghose’s book ‘Conundrum: Subhas Bose’s Life After Death’.