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At a time when India was rejoicing freedom, the Nizam of Hyderabad preferred independence for his princely state over accession to India. The events that followed build the base of this film.
All of us have heard about the Indian freedom struggle and sacrifices made by great leaders. One important chapter that is neglected many a times is that of the Hyderabad Liberation Movement and the Razakars. With this film, director Raj Durge has given the audience a small peek into the history.
Let's go a little back in history and understand who the Razakars were. When India got independence from the British rule, almost all princely states pleaded accession to the country. Hyderabad was the last one to do so because the Nizam wanted it to be an independent entity. Around the same time Kasim Rizvi took charge of the Razakars, a private militia, who were responsible for atrocities committed against thousands of people.
The film features Siddharth Jadhav as Hari, an innocent villager who can't differentiate between right and wrong. The villagers of Khandgaon live under the fear of the Razakars; so much that even when Gandhiji's followers come to help the villagers protest against the injustice, the villagers lock themselves in their houses fearing the visitors are Razakars. Everything is peacefully until one day when the Razakars actually come to the village and start killing people. Hari, who initially joins hands with the Satyagrahis, turns to the Razakars. He gets beaten up, escapes death and realises his mistakes. His world is turned upside down when the Razakars attack his mother (Jyoti Subhash).
'Razzakar' is not a very technically sound film. It has its flaws and unnecessary additions that contribute to making it lengthier than required. But there are two things that make it worth watching, the base of the story and Siddharth Jadhav's acting prowess. Jadhav delivers a powerful performance that reminds us of his equally brilliant performance in 'Paradh'. Jyoti Subhash and Zakir Hussain do justice to their characters too.
Keeping the narrative crisp and giving more focus on the history bit would have done wonders for this film. Unfortunately, what we get is a half-baked cake that refuses to finish.
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