RBN Web Desk: Director Srijit Mukherji’s yet-untitled film on Gumnami Baba is reportedly inspired by Anuj Dhar’s bestselling book India’s Biggest Cover Up. The book by the senior journalist, according to reports, is the main source of Srijit’s research on the subject.
India’s Biggest Cover Up is widely considered the most exhaustive research on the Subhas Chandra Bose disappearance mystery. Bose, more popularly known as Netaji in India, reportedly died in a plane crash at Taihoku on 18 August 1945. Leading historians and researchers have since debunked the claims of his death.
Dhar, in several of his books that include Back from the Dead: Inside the Subhas Bose Mystery (2005), India’s Biggest Cover Up (2012), and What Happened to Netaji (2015), has claimed that the legendary nationalist leader didn’t die in the plane crash, but returned to India after the country’s independence and lived as an ascetic named Gumnami Baba in Faizabad.
Gumnami Baba was also known as Bhagwanji among his followers. From the 1950s until his death in 1985, he lived in great secrecy in various parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee, the one-member government-appointed commission formed in 1999 to inquire into the Netaji disappearance mystery, had clandestinely admitted to a private TV channel that he was largely certain that GumnamBaba was Netaji in hiding. The official report of the commission tabled in Parliament, however, found no connection between Netaji and Gumnami Baba.
Sources informed that Srijit is also drawing resources from veteran journalist Ashok Tandon’s book Gumnami Subhas for the script of his film.
Prosenjit Chatterjee will play Gumnami Baba in the film.