Rare footage of BBC by a British journalist who filmed “Swatantrya Veer Savarkar.” in Cellular Jail.
All those insulting him are intending to insult the freedom movement of India and undermine the revolutionaries who led to Independent India.
A 1.39-minutes video clip is viral on social media claiming it as a rare footage of BBC by a British journalist who filmed Savarkar in cellular jail. Posts with the viral video can be seen here, here, here, and here.
What is the truth?
When searching with the keywords from the viral post, a video published on 14, August 2014 on the official Youtube channel of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was found with matching visuals from the viral clip.
The video titled ‘Life of Shri Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’ is a film and the description part mentions that the film depicts various important events in his life. The viral footage is a collage of snipped clips from this full-length video.
The same video is published on the ‘savarkar’ website with the title ‘Films Division documentary’. The video published is from the ‘Gyan Surya’ Youtube channel and is titled ‘Veer Damodar Savarkar Full Documentry Hindi’. The documentary directed by Prem Vaidya for the Films Division of the Government of India was released in 1983.
When searching with the keywords ‘films division Savarkar documentary’, ‘Films Division’ website was found and when searching for ‘Savarkar’ in the search tab, it yielded 3 results where all seem to be the biographical film of Savarkar directed by Prem Vaidya and released in 1983 except that the runtime of 2 out of 3 videos is 22 minutes and the other one is of 44 minutes.
A video created with the visuals from the biographical film of Savarkar released in 1983 is shared with the claim that it is a rare footage of BBC by a British journalist who filmed Savarkar in cellular jail.