NCP Chief Amol Kolhe Plays Godse In A Short Film And Gets The Party Into Trouble
The trailer for a 45-minute low-budget film that recently landed on social media has put the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in a difficult situation. In the film, NCP leader and popular TV actor Amol Kolhe stars as Mahatma Gandhi’s killer, Nathuram Godse, and in the 2.20-minute promo available on social media, he is seen making a statement to the court justifying its decision to assassinate Gandhi on the evening of January 30, 1948.
According to the creators of ‘Why I Killed Gandhi’, the film is a ‘representation of the legal statement’ made by Godse during Gandhi’s murder trial, and aims to give a ‘radically alternative perspective for looking at the story of 20th century India. ”.
Kolhe, who represents Shirur constituency as an NCP MP and draws crowds for the party, has played the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj in popular soap operas. He became a household name with ‘Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji’, which aired on a private TV channel between 2017 and 2020. A skilled speaker, he started his political career with Shiv Sena in March 2014 following an informal association with Maharashtra Navnirman Senna. Before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, he dropped out of Sena and joined the NCP. The party made him a candidate for Shirur Lok Sabha constituency against three-time Sena Shivaji MP Adhalrao Patil. To everyone’s surprise, Kolhe defeated Patil by more than 50,000 votes despite the NCP’s poor performance in the elections. Later that year, the party successfully used Kolhe as a star activist in Assembly polls.
On Thursday, Kolhe released a clarification through a social media post and said that although the movie is coming out now, it was hot in 2017. He also urged people to differentiate between “real life ” and “real life”.
“…Sometimes you suddenly come across roles where you don’t agree with the ideology but challenge you as an artist. The role of Nathuram Godse was one. On a personal level, I am not in favor of the assassination or glorification of Nathuram by Gandhi, but I have tried to do justice to the role that has come my way. As an artist, we must respect the freedom of expression and as a person, the freedom of thought! I hope people will look at this work with an open mind,” Kolhe posted on his Facebook account on Thursday afternoon.
Jitendra Awhad: ‘He should have avoided the role’
Kolhe’s party colleague and close associate of NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Jitendra Awhad criticized Kolhe’s decision to take on the role.
“He may have played this role as an entertainer, but I don’t think anyone from Maharashtra should play the role of Nathuram. When an actor plays a role, he must completely immerse himself in the role. When you see Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, you see the actor living the life of Gandhi. It is necessary to internalize the character and the thought of the person. So, to put it bluntly, I feel that as an actor, leaving aside his political connection, he should have turned down the role,” Awhad said.
MVA’s colleague, Aslam Shaikh of Congress, meanwhile backed Kolhe. “He’s an artist and he’ll do whatever roles come his way. He doesn’t become a God when he plays one. It’s wrong to link politics to art,” Shaikh said.
NCP youth leader Amol Mitkari said, “He did not glorify Nathuram. He’s an artist and he just played a role. He has his freedom of expression. I am convinced that MP Amol Kolhe has no resentment towards Mahatma Gandhi.