National Award winning director Ananth Mahadevan has shot three climaxes for 'Gour Hari Dastan' and is in the process of finalizing two.
"We had a great debate over the climax and came to the consensus that 'Gour Hari Dastaan. The Freedom File', should have three climaxes,"says Ananth, confirming that his writer, C P Surendran, a noted journalist and poet who is making his screenplay-writing debut with the film, wrote the first climax. Ananth and Das each wrote a climax," Ananth adds.
The film, which is based on Das's memoirs, is a stinging modern day satire on the present generation's idea of freedom. "India, through the eyes of Gour Hari Das, is an interesting perspective today," says Ananth, adding that Das had revealed how he is shocked to hear about bomb blasts destroying the very infrastructure which he and his friends had fought to free from the British, sacrificing their education in the process. On how the two climaxes will be chosen, Ananth said, "Violin maestro Dr L Subramaniam who has composed the score and Oscar award winning sound designer, Resul Pookutty, along with our writer and me will decide the two final climaxes that will make it to the big screen." That's not all. The film also has a surprise package, reveals Ananth. There will be three minutes of real-life footage that will have Das come to life on the big screen. "Cinemagoers can surely spend a few extra minutes with the man who has been fighting for the last 30 years for basic rights without raising his voice or losing his temper, can't they?" asks Ananth.
The film traces the life of Das, played by Vinay Pathak, and tells a tale of two generations locked in a see-saw battle. The film has been an Official Selection at 14 international film festivals and has already won Vinay the Best Actor Award at the Paris Extravagant India Film Festival, and Konkona Sharma, who plays his wife, a Best Actress nomination at the New York Indian Film Festival.
'Gour Hari Dastan' is slated to release on 14th August.