Based on a true story, Gour Hari Das is a freedom fighter who spends 32 years struggling to gain an official recognition from the government for his contribution towards the freedom struggle. Without any official seal or certificate, Gour Hari is one of the many lost names in the battle against the British. What he demands now from the leaders of free India is the due respect and recognition from his country in turn of his service.
With the numerous benefits availed to the families of freedom fighters, Gour Hari gets trapped in the infamous elongated procedures of visiting government officials and writing many more letters to get his work done, because this Gandhian doesn’t believe in corruption. The film is about his struggle to gain what he deserves, to make believe his family- his wife, Lakshmi who understands what this means to her husband. His son, Alok who loses trust in his father’s stories.
But Mr. Das does manage to gain support of a senior journalist Rajeev to fulfill his mission.
While the film beautifully merges in and out of the past and the present, showcasing the independent India and the freedom struggle, the plot twist often makes the time lapse a major confusion.
There are so many popular faces in guest appearances that the film looks like much of drag with the purpose of accommodating all those people in the film without much of a purpose.
The film spanning over 110minutes takes it’s time to establish the momentum and the feel of the film, but in many places, it gets so slow that it begins to look like a dragged slow death.
Most importantly, the performances and the dialogues of the film are par excellence. Everytime you watch Vinay Pathak perform, you begin to wonder if this is his best or will you have to say the same for the next. With a stellar performance like this, Vinay Pathak gives the film it’s life and soul and is very well supported by Konkona Sen Sharma whose subtle expressions do the magic. Ranger Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee deliver a promising support.
The film is quite a contrast coming from Ananth Mahadevan whose last release was The Xpose. Your Hari Dastaan is surprisingly beautiful and a neatly maintained freedom file.