It is unlikely that a village in Tamil Nadu, at the southern tip of the Western Ghats, would be made aware of India’s independence on August 15, 1947. What if the local British officer chooses to keep the villagers ignorant about the biggest news in the country’s history? That’s the premise of Gautham Karthik’s upcoming period film August 16, 1947, produced by ace director AR Murugadoss.
A brutal story about a village that suffers at the hands of a menacing imperialist is promised in the trailer of the film released on Tuesday, written and directed by NS Ponkumar, an erstwhile assistant director of Murugadoss. Gautham’s lead character and the daughter of a zamindar, whose family forbids her from stepping out of the house, are also hinted at in the trailer.
He told the media earlier that August 16 1947 is primarily about freedom. It doesn’t just deal with emancipation for the country, it also deals with what freedom is for an individual. It’s about a brat who doesn’t care about the country or his village as a whole. His only concern is his lover, and he hits back at the white supremacist when he realizes that the ultimate freedom of his whole village is the only way to save it.
The film also stars Pugazh, Revathy Sharma, Richard Ashton, and Jason Shah. Sean Roldan composed the film’s music.
On April 7, 2023, August 16 1947 will be released.