MUMBAI—Director Raj Kumar Gupta recently spoke to the media about the fictional re-presentation of Income-Tax commissioner Sharda Prashad Pandey’s life incident in “Raid.” But first, we would like to know why it was said that this was the story of an officer called Amey Patnaik all this while? Or is that leading man Ajay Devgn’s name in the film??
The film stars Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla. The movie centers around the story of Pandey, who had raided the house of businessman Sardar Inder Singh in 1981 and recovered assets worth Rs 1.6 crore in cash and gold.
Commenting on the valor of this enigmatic man, director Gupta said, “Everyone wants their story to be real. Pandey was clear that we should not fictionalize it so much that the reality gets buried beneath. Anybody who is parting with an episode of his life would want to see it being told in a responsible way. My body of work helped me win his trust.” While working on the fictional re-presentation, the makers of the film have thus adopted “responsible filmmaking” and were extremely careful about never mentioning the real names.
Gupta was intrigued by the entire occurrence in 1981, when he learned that the income-tax raid went on for 18 hours, with 45 people present only for the counting of notes. He observed, “The press was not as widespread back then, so the information given to the public was limited.”
About the thorough research on the code of confidentiality that the officers maintained back then, he added, “Officers never told their family members where they were going. A lot of heroic stories have got lost from those times. I hope to highlight one of them.”
The T-Series and Panorama Studios production, “Raid,” one of the most exciting films to come this year, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, It releases on Mar. 16.