Abhishek Bachchan’s new film, Dasvi, released today on Netflix and JioCinema with divisive opinions. However, Twitter has been noticing some unmistakable similarities between the movie and the real-life story of ex-Haryana CM, Om Prakash Chautala, ever since the trailer released. The former CM wrote his Class 10th board exams while being imprisoned for a teacher recruitment scam.
Dasvi is reminding people of the real-life story of former Chief Minister of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala, who was found guilty of a scam and served his sentence at Tihar jail. During this period, he, 82 at the time, passed his Class X exam while serving a prison sentence, fed up with his tag of an ‘illiterate politician’. He appeared for his board exams in 2017, while he was still serving his sentence, from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the exam centre set up for inmates at Tihar Jail. Securing 267 marks out of 500, he passed with the second division (53.4%).
Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson Dushyant Chautala is currently the Deputy CM of Haryana in a coalition with the BJP— BollywoodRanker (@Bollywoodrank) March 25, 2022
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The speculations have been a topic of conversation since the trailer was released.
Chautala ka jail se dasvi karna, aur Lalu ka jail jaane pe rabri Devi ka CM bann na. Dono ko mix karke dikhaya h ek hi character mei— Balkirat Singh (@BALKI_Singh55) March 24, 2022
Ompraksh chautala ji ki bhi movie bnn hi gai 🙌😀— Be@rded J@@T (@beardedjaat) March 23, 2022
Just Watched #Dasvi !— Himanshu Aswal (Artist) (@Himanshaswal) April 6, 2022
A Must Watch Film
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Movie is based on former Chief Minister of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala !
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Live at 7 April 12pm #Dasvitrailer
The filmmakers, however, have said that their film has nothing to do with Chautala. Director Tushar Jalota in a recent interview, to GoodTimes, said that the idea was pitched to him by Sandeep Leyzell, who is one of the writers and producers of Dasvi.
He gave me a one-line pitch, about an older man who sits for his Class 10 exams. I felt instantly connected to the story, because a lot of my family, from my mother’s side, happen to be teachers and professors. My sister is a principal. There was an instant connection. Even my mother used to be a professor back in the day…Honestly, there were no references. There was no research done, in terms of basing the character on a real person.
-Tushar Jalota, Director
However, the similarities cannot be ignored.
Abhishek’s character, Gangaram Chaudhary, is the chief minister of the fictional state of Harit Pradesh. His demeanour and green turban is also similar to Chautala’s famous look while his tenure as Haryana’s chief minister.
Chautala was convicted for his involvement in the JBT scam (the junior basic teacher scam). In the movie, Abhishek’s character also gets arrested for his involvement in a similar teacher recruitment scam.
The film, which also features Nimrat Kaur and Yami Gautam in supporting roles, premiered at the Agra Jail, where it was also partially shot.