Gour Hari Dastaan
Gour Hari Dastaan is a story of an Odisha freedom fighter, Gour Hari Das who made his way through a long battle of silent war that lasted for 32 years, against his own government to prove his patriotic association towards the nation. He fought for a certificate recognizing his work as a freedom fighter which took three full decades to arrive. At the age of 84, the much sought-after certificate, when it was ultimately awarded, was a bittersweet victory.
Gour Hari Dastaan Reviews
Make time for Gour Hari Dastaan. It's an important story that must be heard.
A man’s struggle for identity can be an absorbing story. Uplifting even, if it is connected with a country’s freedom struggle. Gour Hari’s ‘dastaan’, based on the quest of a real-life character, has all the elements that could have made it all this and more, but it comes off flat and dull.
It's a story we've heard of so many times in the past: An ageing freedom fighter running from pillar to post, waging his own battle against bureaucratic red tape, trying to prove that he participated in the freedom struggle. With actors like Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen and Ranvir Shorey in the line-up, Anant Mahadevan's Gour Hari Dastaan could well have been Mahesh Bhatt's Saraansh. Sadly, it's too slow and the execution too boring. Nonetheless, the film definitely belongs to the league.
Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File is a very solemn, very onerous, very sanctimonious harangue about many, many things. All things, in fact. But at its core it’s a film about director Anant Mahadevan and writer C.P. Surendran (a senior journalist) desperately wanting to burnish and shove their credentials as people with a conscience, as people who care and worry about important things in our faces.
At no point does the film fully convey the deep sense of frustration and helplessness that Gour Hari Das would have felt in the course of his 32-year struggle to prove that he was indeed a freedom fighter. Owing to its undeniably relevant theme, Gour Hari Dastaan does have some archival value. If only it had more to offer, it would have come far closer to being the triumph that it – and its subject – deserved to be.
While the film does struggle with a slow pace and certain irrelevant characters and scenes that digress from the core subject, this biopic deserves to be seen.
Rating this movie is beyond my call... but for the record it is 5 stars which in a way limits the brilliance of this movie. GOUR HARI DASTAAN, The Freedom Files is a movie worth going miles to see.
...despite this film’s relatively restrained storytelling, sincere attempt at subtlety, and overwhelmingly wonderful intentions, it falters on a number of levels. Gour Hari Dastaan is a peculiar film — one that attempts to emulate a somewhat dated style of arthouse cinema that works only in bits and parts. The rest of the time, at best, it’s a bit of a snooze-fest; at worst, in some places, it’s so far off the mark that it almost works as parody.
A biopic needs to be engaging, but in 'Gour Hari Dastaan', more attention seems to have been paid to the dialogues than the storytelling. It hardly evokes emotions in you and make you feel for the trials and tribulations of the man struggling for his due. Go for it if you want to soak in the Independence Day spirit.
As you watch the talented but largely anchorless actor Vinay Pathak slip easily into the part of the real-life freedom fighter Gaur Hari Das , you feel he is holding back when he could easily let go. The same is true of Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s noble bio-pic.
In it’s honest storytelling, the deep significance and relevance of Gour Hari Dastaan stays with you. Especially since it’s an Independence Day release. Just look at how today, the flag for which Das fought is sold at traffic signals. “Paanch ka teen” anyone?
As a director, Ananth Mahadevan is sincere in his approach. He portrays the subject with complete honesty. And it is this uprightness that makes the film a powerful and appealing saga.
If you’re looking to enjoy a simple, offbeat and relevant film this Independence Day, Gour Hari Dastaan is your best bet. The film will make you think, while also treating you to some admirable performances. And that’s always a good thing.
'Gour Hari Dastaan' is powerful, meaningful, inspiring, probing and appealing highly recommended for lovers of good cinema and a true Indian. Do not miss.
On paper, the story of Gour Hari Das is compelling and moving. The film does not capture all this adequately. It’s repetitive and reverential, painting the protagonist with one brushstroke—as a saintly, deserving Gandhian.
After being kicked out by his wife, the said journo finds love in a colleague (Tannistha Chatterjee) who doesn't do much except following Shorey around and discussing his angst and his work.The dour performances don't help either. Neither does the thick, gloomy air of the film. While the story is electrifying and inspiring, the film doesn't manage to do justice. Too bad, really.
Audience Reviews for Gour Hari Dastaan
Gour Hari Dastaan is a story of an Odisha freedom fighter, Gour Hari Das who made his way through a long battle of silent war that lasted for 32 years, against his own government to prove his patriotic association towards the nation. He fought for a certificate recognizing his work as a freedom fighter which took three full decades to arrive. At the age of 84, the much sought-after certificate, when it was ultimately awarded, was a bittersweet victory.0August 13, 15