Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File | Movie Review 15 Aug 2015   452


Star Cast: Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Tannishtha Chatterjee
Direction: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Genre: Biography
Duration: 1 hour 51 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow. And the film’s protagonist Gour Hari Das (Vinay Pathak, commendable) embodies this spirit.
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During one of his umpteen visits to the government office, the clerk asks him where he is from. “Orissa”, he says, and the staffer wonders, “Is Orissa a part of Bengal?” He can’t locate the state on the map hanging from the office wall.
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Hindustan Times (HT):

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.
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NDTV Movies:

Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File is the kind of film that one would have gladly fallen in love with had it been more engaging. Count the film’s inherent strengths: its story is drawn from real life, its protagonist is a unique figure on a remarkable quest.
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Also in the cinemas this week, Gour Hari Dastaan based on the deeply affecting true-life story of a middle-aged man and his struggle over 32 years to be officially recognized for his contribution to the freedom movement.
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The Indian Express:

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.
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When the director is also the writer, it’s easier to translate subjects (read characters) and emotions on screen. However, when it is a subject which is close to another person (read writer) and another is giving life to the characters nestled between the pages, things can go awry.
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