The freedom fighter who won a national film award after independence

In the pre-independence era, India had thousands of freedom fighters fighting for independence from British rule. Born in November 1910, Dutt was one of Bhagat Singh’s closest comrades, who also accompanied him to throw the smoke bomb at the Central Legislative Assembly.

Dutt also learned to make bombs alongside Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad. While the legend of Bhagat Singh continued to inspire many future generations, Dutt, who was most famous for his bomb-throwing in 1929, remained an unsung hero.

When Dutt Won a National Film Award

While many regard Batukeshwar Dutt for his relentless attitude while fighting for freedom, only a few know that Dutt was also credited with a National Film Award for sharing ideas and revealing details of the 1929 bombing. for a Bollywood movie. In 1965, a film starring veteran actor Manoj Kumar named Shaheed was released about the life and journey of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

Batukeshwar Dutt and Din Dayal Sharma wrote the story, while Shrimati Vidyavati, mother of Bhagat Singh, also provided contributions. The film is a first-hand account of multiple cases and can be tied closely to historical accuracy. The film won the Best Storywriter National Film Award in 1965.

hunger strike in prison

After throwing the smoke bomb, Singh and Dutt did not even attempt to escape as they believed their arrest would inspire the next generation of revolutionaries. Both freedom fighters were sentenced to deportation for life, the convicts were expelled from mainland India for the rest of their lives. In prison, the two realized they were being treated like criminals, not political prisoners.

While, on the one hand, European prisoners received good clothes and better food, Indian prisons were forced to do undignified work. The two were furious with the treatment and wrote a letter to the Indian government demanding no discrimination and degradation in their diet. They also went on a hunger strike for their rights and only relented when their demands were met.

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Thelma J. Longworth