During 1896-97, there was an outbreak of plague in Pune. Marital law was imposed. There was intense popular resentment against Mr.Rand, the British Plague Commissioner due to his harsh measures for forcibly evacuating the people.
An agitated Damodar Chapekhar and his two brothers, militant followers of Tilak, decided to take revenge. They killed Mr.Rand at night while he was returning from the Govt. House after participating in the 60th anniversary celebrations of Queen Victoria's Coronation, held on June 22, 1897.
A massive manhunt was launched with former colleagues as informers. Damodar was hanged, despite Tilak's personal appeal to the British. When the youngest brother, Vasudev, killed the informer, he and the remaining brother Balkrishna, were also hanged. The Chapekar brothers were among the first martyrs of India's Freedom Struggle.
The Chapekar brothers were among the first martyrs of India's Freedom Struggle.
A historic film and winner of two National and two State awards, 22nd June 1897 has an illustrious crew behind its making. With dialogues by Vijay Tendulkar and screenplay co-written by Shankar Nag, the film was the directorial debut of the husband-wife duo of Nachiket and Jayoo Patwardhan.
Indian Cinema Classics Drama
Sadashiv Amrapurkar Udayan Dixit Rod Gilbert John Irving Ravindra Mankani Prabhakar Patankar Shanta Jog Arundhatti Rao Sujal Watve Dipali Kulkarni Satish Khare Sadanand Borse Shrikant Gadre Suresh Bhasale Jairam Hardikar Sanjiv Ambike Vikas Deshpande Mukund Chitale Ulrich Merkel Mervin Popplstone Mihir Thatte Shri Pendse Pramod Kale Harry Falk Father Lederle Mathew Manning Shirish More Suhas Kulkarni Kishore Joshi Shirish Bodhani Subhash Awchat Zareer Reporter Robert Manning Anand Hagir Peter Saylas Frank and Dipa Handrich Shaila Joshi Dilip Limaye Bali Awasthee Priti Limaye Jim Benson Guy de la Chevalerie
Jayoo Patwardhan Nachiket Patwardhan