Talk:Nine Hours to Rama

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Historical Accuracy[edit]

This film, although it was very effecting on Western audiences, was not entirely accurate. It portrays Godse primarily as a lone gunman, who has an irrational grudge against Gandhi; in fact, there was a very well planned conspiracy behind the assassination, traceable to an extremist Hindu group. In the movie, once Gandhi is shot, everyone seems to crumple to the ground in grief and submission, when, in fight, a riot instantly broke out and Godse had to be rescued by the police from being killed on the spot. Reportedly the Government of India was very unhappy about this movie, a fact that was no secret, and SHOULD have been mentioned in this article. Sussmanbern (talk) 00:55, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

I wonder if you saw the film all the way from the beginning? He is shown being sworn into the secret society, and warned that the price of leaving them was death. Also periodically meeting his fellow conspirators to discuss the plot and receive his orders.
Don't misunderstand me. I am not arguing in favor of the overall accuracy of the film -- it was adapted from a novel, not a work of history (albeit a novel written by a serious historian), and is full of dramatic color, with both the assassin's (married) love interest and a perceptive police officer racing to intercept him in the moments before he shoots Gandhi. But of all the possible reasons to complain, there is no effort to conceal the conspiracy.
As for objections from the Government of India, I wonder if they would have objected any the less if it had been 100% historically exact? Indian governments have a long history of touchiness over films about sensitive aspects of recent Indian history -- perhaps especially films made by foreigners. I recall that Bhowani Junction, for example, was filmed in Pakistan in part because the Indian authorities demanded script control...... Nandt1 (talk) 19:58, 18 January 2014 (UTC)