..If Legendary Heroes come alive on TV (Part-1)
India earned independence after hundreds of leaders pledged their life and involved in various movements and freedom struggles which forced the British to quit the country. To watch the story of these great nationalists would be quite engaging if a couple of shows related to them are made on TV. Also, we will understand the amount of patriotism involved in such movements in a better way.
Here we tried listing a few freedom fighters, on whom TV shows can be made and the actors who will look the best to portray them onscreen.
- Sharad Malhotra as Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey was a venturesome soldier whose initiatives fueled the 1857 Revolt popularly known as “The First War of Indian Independence”. Mangal Pandey refused to use the Enfield P-53 rifle, the cartridge of which was perceived to be lubricated with animal fat, mainly from pigs and cows, consumption of which is against the Muslim and Hindu religions respectively. This ostracized the abrupt outrage in the minds of Mangal Pandey and his aides towards the British. This is widely viewed as the beginning of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
If a TV show comes on this brave soldier then none other than Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap aka Sharad Malhotra will be the best to portray the role. He has both the experience and looks which will fit him into this valiant character.
- Rajat Tokas as Chandrashekhar Aazad
When it comes to stalwarts freedom fighters like ChandraShekhar Azad; he needs no introduction. He joined Indian revolutionary movement when he was just 15. He became famous for the popular Kakori Train robbery. He had vowed that he would never be arrested by the Bristish, and he kept his vow using his last bullet to shoot himself. He was born free and died free.
It will be very interesting to watch the saga of this gallant young freedom fighter on our TV screens. And guess who will be suitable to portray Aazad? None other than Rajat Tokas aka Chandra from Chandra Nandini will be the best fitted to play this bold role; for he has the perfect looks, aggression and stance to portray Aazad.
- Sourabh Raaj Jain as Bhagat Singh
Shaheed-E-Aazam Bhagat Singh is the symbol of heroism of the youth of India. He fearlessly threw a bomb in the Legislative Assembly to warn the British Government about Indian awakening. To avenge Lala Lajpat Rai’s death, he with Sukhdev and Rajguru shot dead Saunders, the police officer responsible for Lala’s death. The three were arrested later for throwing a bomb in the Delhi Assembly Hall and sentenced to death. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged a day before the appointed day on March 23rd, 1931.
If a show is made celebrating the heroic deeds of the most loved patriot, then one of the most loved TV actors Sourabh Raaj Jain will best fit into the shoes of Bhagat Singh. His personage and magnetism matches perfectly with that of this young martyr. With exceptionally wonderful expressions and looks he will make a perfect Bhagat Singh.
- Manish Wadhwa as Bal Gangadhar Tilak
One of the chief architects of modern India and heralded Asian nationalism Bal Gangadhar Tilak is one such prominent freedom fighter who joined other nationalists who could resist neck to neck in the batlle of freedom. He is famous for giving the slogan “Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it”
On TV, none other than Manish Wadhwa is a befitting choice for Tilak. Manish who is a historical and costume drama go-to man can do full justice to the character, for he can play intense and weighty roles effortlessly with perfection.
- Vivian Dsnea as Lala Lajpat Rai
The Lion of Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai took active part in freedom struggle of India for which he was deported to Burma. He bravely died receiving severe blows when police resorted to lathi charge while he was boycotting Simon Commission.
His bravery and love for the motherland makes the life journey of ‘Sher-E-Punjab’ an interesting subject to be showcased on television.
To play the role of this ultra-nationalist martyr, Vivian Dsena will be the worthy choice. He looks extremely enthusiastic and from his current stint in ‘Shakti-Astitva Ke Ehsaas ki’. He seems apropos in Punjabi roles.
6. Barun Sobti as Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shashtri is another eminent freedom fighter who played a key role in India’s struggle for independence. Young Shastri was very inspired by Gandhij’s ideas and even compromised with his studies. He later played crucial role in Gandhiji’s ‘Salt Satyagrah’. He urged farmers for not paying land revenues and taxes to the British for which he was arrested several times. He gave the famous slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisaan”
To showcase Shastri’s solemn and serious character, Barun Sobti looks very appealing. Barun has a perfect look that reflects soberness, passion, determination and sincerity that is needed to play Lal Bahadur Shastri’s role.
- Karan Mehra as Subhash Chandra Bose
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was a complex freedom fighter who spread the feeling of national integration, sacrifice and communal harmony among the masses.
In the course of struggle for freedom Subhash Chandra Bose formed ‘Azad Hind Fauz’ and led the ‘Indian National Army’. He advocated a revolutionary and violent way to protest as opposed to non-violent approach by Mahatma Gandhi. His mysterious death is still a blazing issue of debate.
It will be quite interesting if the life story of Netaji is showcased on Indian Television. We feel Karan Mehra looks quite close to Bose, and the actor can easily portray emotional parts of his life story pretty well.
- Shaheer Sheikh as Tatya Tope
Tatya Tope was one of the biggest heroes who fought intrepidly for India’s freedom in 1857. Tatya was another name of terror for the English. He shook the established niche of British Empire as the supreme commander of India’s independence and fought 150 battles.
If Tatya relives on Indian TV, then handsome hunk Shaheer Sheikh will look decorous for the role. Shaheer has already done historical and mythological shows like ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ and ‘Mahabharat’ and knows horse riding and stunt skills. By both looks and experience, Shaheer is the right choice to portray Tatya tope.
- Param Singh as Dr. BheemRao Ambedkar
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is popularly known as ‘Babasaheb’. He was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, orator, economist, teacher, editor, prolific writer, revolutionary and a revivalist for Buddhism in India. He became one of the first dalit/untouchable to obtain a college education in India. He worked hard and gave us a model Constitution that is both rigid and flexible.
Param Singh looks apt to portray the role of this multi talented patriot. Param matches the level of sincerity and aura needed for the role.
10.Vikram Singh Chauhan as Mahatma Gandhi
The Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi needs no introduction. Gandhiji believed in non-violence and love. He dreamed of a Ram Rajya where everybody would live in peace. His Satyagrah and Quit India Movement were powerful enough to drive the British out of the country without using any violent measures. He gave the famous slogan of ‘do or die’ to his countrymen.
Many movies have been made on Gandhi and have been lauded by both critics and audience. If a TV show is made to illustrate the Life of Mahatma, no one but Vikram Singh Chauhan looks appropriate for the role. Vikram has the ideal gentleness, he is soft spoken and his height, personality looks appealing like that of Mahatma.
It was just the first part of this interesting topic, keep reading this space to read the next set of freedom fighters and the actors who fit the best in the legendary roles.
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