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On Gandhi’s 152nd birth anniversary, Sandeep Singh, one of the producers of the biopic PM Narendra Modi in 2019, announced a film about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. The biopic, titled Godse, will be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, according to a press release issued on Saturday.

Accompanying the announcement was a poster with the words “Janamdin ki hardik shubhkaamnaaye ‘Bapu’ … Aapka, Nathuram Godse” – happy birthday Mahatma Gandhi, yours truly Nathuram Godse.

The film will be produced by Singh’s Legend Global Studio and Dream Girl director Raaj Shaandilyaa’s company ThinkInk Picturez. Godse is being scripted at the moment and is expected to go into production by the second half of 2022, the press release stated.

Godse, a member of the fundamentalist organisation Hindu Mahasabha and a former member of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, assassinated Gandhi in Delhi on January 13, 1948. Godse was hanged to death on November 15, 1949.

Extremist Hindu organisations have attempted to resurrect the Hindutva advocate as a “true nationalist” in recent years. In 2019, during protests against the amended Citizenship Act and the proposed National Register for Citizens, a man who was captured on cameras waving a gun at protestors was later identified as a Hindutva fanatic who signs his social media posts as “Godse 2.0”.

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