‘Razakar’ is aimed at rectifying misconceptions among people: Director Yata Satyanarayana

The filmmaker says the movie is based on historical events and they only wanted to depict facts without taking deviations.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published Mar 12, 2024 | 3:31 PMUpdatedMar 12, 2024 | 3:32 PM

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Amid the brewing controversy over the upcoming political drama Razakar: The Silent Genocide of Hyderabad, director Yata Satyanarayana has asserted that he aimed to present the historical facts as they are on the screen.

“Despite attempts to stir controversy, we intended to shed light on a particular aspect of Telangana’s history,” the director said.

Razakar features Anasuya Bharadwaj, Bobby Simha, Vedhika, Anushya Tripathi, Prema, Indraja, and Makarand Deshpande in crucial roles. Guduru Narayana Reddy is producing the Telugu film under the banner of Samar Veer Creations.

Scheduled for release on 15 March, Razakar will be accessible to audiences in multiple southern languages, such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Hindi.

Stating that the movie is based on historical events, Satyanarayana asserted that they only wanted to depict facts in the story without taking deviations.

The filmmaker felt it would be inappropriate to assign a rating to a movie of this nature since it is based on the history of a particular state. “I’ve asked not to rate the film. Nevertheless, everyone can critique it if they feel the movie or the director’s execution is lacking,” he added.

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Lesser-known historical period

A poster of the film Razakar

A poster of the film ‘Razakar’. (X)

Razakar aims to elucidate a lesser-known historical period spanning from 15 August to 17 September 1947, following India’s independence from the British.

“This period highlights the atrocities perpetrated by the Razakar regime. It was not limited to one particular incident or one town. It spread across the borders of Telangana. The film aims to rectify misconceptions regarding the precise date of India’s independence, commonly believed to be 15 August, 1947, by shedding light on this historical timeframe,” Satyanarayana explained.

Following thorough research and consultations with historical figures, the director says Razakar has been meticulously crafted to resonate with a diverse audience.

Shedding more light on his research, Satyanarayana says, “The Razakar regime had not just affected Telangana, it impacted neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. There were widespread repercussions. People were relocated because of the turmoil. The movement elicited nationwide interest back in time.”

He claimed that the Hindi version garnered a good positive reception. It sparked discussions and spurred requests for further exploration of historical subjects.

“I had pondered on several books and consultant historians. The Razakar system and the people’s revolt against their cruelty moved a lot as a person. I thought it my responsibility to tell a story close to Telangana and its people. With a diverse cast, Razakar ensures authenticity in depicting historical events, as each actor skillfully performs his/her character,” he pointed out.

Like any other film enthusiast, Satyanarayana has been crazy about movies since childhood. He travelled pillar to post with a bundle of his stories in the film industry.

“I wanted to make a film based on horror tales that I had written, but nothing had worked. That’s when I thought I should tell a real story. As a director, there was a desire to tell a good story with real events. I have known the producer for 10 years. He had a desire to make a good film. At that time there was a discussion to make a film on the atrocities of Razakars. This is how the movie Razakar started,” he signed off.

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