The teaser release of the film ‘Razakar’, a period drama depicting the events of Nizam’s Hyderabad before its accession to the Indian Union in 1948, has sparked a storm of controversy on social media and the political scene. The teaser, which claims to be based on true stories, portrays the alleged atrocities against Hindus committed by the Razakars for promoting Islam and establishing ‘Turkistan’.
Taking strong objection to the film and even its teaser release, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) said that some “intellectually bankrupt clowns of BJP” are trying their best to incite communal violence and polarisation.
The minister also said that he would take up the matter with the Censor Board and Telangana Police.
“Some intellectually bankrupt jokers of BJP are trying their best to incite communal violence and polarization for their political propaganda in Telangana. We will take up this matter with the Censor Board and Telangana Police to ensure law and order in Telangana.” Not impressed,” KTR wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).
KTR’s reaction came in response to a social media user who had urged the minister to stop the release of the film, described as a “fake propaganda film” to maintain peace and harmony in Hyderabad and Telangana.
The teaser of ‘Razakar’ film backed by BJP leader Gudur Narayana Reddy was released on Sunday evening. During the launch event, suspended BJP leader and Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh praised the film and compared it to ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Kerala Story’.
“An excellent film titled ‘Razakar’ is going to be released soon, which focuses on the tragic events of the #Hyderabad massacre during India’s freedom struggle, which specifically targeted Hindus. I urge people to release this film across the country. “I urge you to raise awareness about and contribute to its success,” T Raja Singh tweeted in Hindi.
Even former Telangana BJP chief and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar shared the teaser of the film on X. “Really got goosebumps after watching the trailer of Razakar movie… Present generations should know about the struggles of Hyderabad liberation. Let’s connect with the history” even as their pseudo intellectuals are trying to erase it,” he wrote .
What does Razakar mean?
The term “Razakar” refers to volunteers who were part of a private militia led by Qasim Razvi, president of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (established in 1927). The Razakars adopted strong tactics to maintain the independence of Hyderabad during the tumultuous period after India’s independence.
Reportedly, he was supported by the Nizam’s government and influential landlords, who tried to suppress the peasant rebellion after 1946.