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‘I made Razakar to dispel myths about our independence’

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Director Yata Satyanarayana, who has been a matter of discussion for choosing the concept of Razakar, speaks to the media here, sharing more insights about the film.
K. Ramya Sree
Razakar, directed by Yata Satyanarayana, is a film based on the silent genocide of Hyderabad, starring Bobby Simha, Vedika, Anushya Tripathi, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Prema, Indraja, and Makarand Desh Pandey in key roles.
The film, which is set to hit big screens on March 15 in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Hindi, has been receiving great praise from the industry, with the latest being legendary director Raghavendra Rao talking highly about the film and praising the directorial finesse of his protégé Yata Satyanarayana. So why delay? Let’s dive into this interview with the director, who has been a matter of discussion for choosing a bold concept like the silent genocide of Hyderabad, who expressed, “I have been passionate about films since childhood. I always had a desire to narrate our history to the people of the country. This film is based on what happened in our past.”
The film is bankrolled by Guduru Narayana Reddy, a politician himself, and the film has been subject to a lot of controversy ever since its announcement because of the attachment of Guduru Narayana to it. The director had to share: “Some people are creating controversy because our producer is a politician. But, as a filmmaker, I don’t think that way. I showed our past. The reason I made this movie was to share our history. After watching this movie, I’m sure everyone will comprehend its goals. I consider myself lucky to tell a tale of this caliber via Razakar.”
He also explained that he had no concerns from the censor board after the movie was completed. “They requested clarification on sixteen points, all of which I addressed. On this occasion, I would like to make it clear that elections were not taken into consideration when making this film,” the director continued, adding, “Everyone believes that we gained independence on August 15, 1947, but that is not the case. I made the film Razakar to dispel that myth. I’ve displayed the horrors carried out by the Razakar system on screen. The events that happened between August 15 and September 17, 1947, are depicted in this movie.”
Before starting to work on this movie, the filmmaker conducted a great deal of research, which included meeting people and learning about their perspectives. He acknowledged, nonetheless, that the Hindi audience responded to this theme more favourably than the Telugu audience. “Telugu received a lower response than Hindi. The teaser generated a national discussion. People from Delhi and Maharashtra called me. I was even invited to do a film on the history of West Bengal similar to this one,” he continued.
In conclusion, he declared that he attempted to depict the actual events that took place in our nation and that he had not fictionalised anything in this movie. “Fiction and heroines cannot faithfully represent history. I wanted to recount the historical events. That’s why I directed Razakar,” said the filmmaker on a concluding note.
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