Gumnami Baba was a Hindu saint from Uttar Pradesh who had a striking resemblance with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Although many researchers doubt Bose’s death in the 1945 plane crash, there is no concrete evidence to prove the fact. As per media records, Gumnami Baba was cremated in 1985 in Faizabad, where he spent the last few years of his life.
After the demise of the holy man, there were hundreds of mysterious objects found in his room. Many of the objects were notes and correspondences with Bose’s trusted connections in the pre-Independence era. Even though these questions were raised to the followers of 'Gumnaami Baba aka 'Bhagwanji, they chose to remain silent, as per Bhagwanji’s advise, in 'national interest. '
The members of Bose family have severely criticized the National Award Winning director, Srijit Mukherji for allegedly portraying the freedom fighter as the "penniless recluse." He appealed to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to start an inquiry, about the people who are supporting the distortion and derogation of Netaji’s image.
Mukherjee has quashed all the allegations of historical inaccuracy and explained that he would make the film, even if he is sent to jail. He explained that his upcoming film intends to reinvestigate all the three theories, related to Netaji’s death: the 'plane crash’ theory, the 'death in Russia' theory as well as the 'Gumnami Baba’ theory. It is a filmmaker’s fundamental duty to raise the questions, and so Mukherji deliberately chose to follow the Mukherjee Commission proceedings, the debates, and questions, which surfaced out of these three theories. He also added that there needs to be more "questions, discussions regarding Netaji's final days."