Veer Hamirji Gohil is a bold film, a fitting tribute to Gujarati bravery icon
A glimpse of Shri Somnath aarti song from the film
By Rupang Bhatt, Ahmedabad, 28 May 2012
New Gujarati film Veer Hamirji Gohil which is the costliest Gujarati film made ever is a bold movie that covers religious conversions, divided Hindus and attack on Somnath mandir.
The film is about Veer Hamirji Gohil, who with his small group of fighters challenged Gujarat’s one of the most powerful rulers till date Mahmood Begda’s army in a bid to protect Shri Somnath mandir from attack.
Majority of actors in the film are youths from Vadodara’s performing arts school.
The film in its first half presents a picture of medieval Gujarat under Islamic rulers. How office bearers of the state used to encourage religions conversion, how public celebration of Hindu festivals like Navratri, Holi and Diwali were banned, how Hindu women were rapped by Muslim rulers, everything is shown in the first half of the film.
The film shows that when Somnath was under attack, the Hindu rulers of Saurashtra’s various native states were fighting with each others in the name of castes, personal ego and status.
The bold film faced few censure cuts at some places before its release, but even after that, the existing version of the film is bold like a nuclear bomb.
The film is doing very well in Saurashtra.
It is also doing well in Ahmedabad and Vadodara.
It should be noted that it is for the first time that Zaverchand Meghani’s famous song ‘Kasumbi no rang’ has become a part of any film.
Also the Somnath aarti song in this film is instant hit.
While Rajasthan has Maharana Pratap as its bravery icon, and Maharashtra has Shivaji as its bravery icon, Gujarat can boast Siddharaj Jayasimh and Veer Hamirji Gohil as state’s bravery icons.
A glimpse of Kasumbino rang song from the film
A trailer on bravery theme
‘Pran jave to jave, pan mero dharam rakshan pave’
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