In her forthcoming movie “Ae Watan Mere Watan,” Sara Ali Khan is all set to play Dr. Usha Mehta, an Indian freedom fighter. The first image of Khan from her upcoming movie has been generating a lot of excitement online. Yet, most internet users are unaware of Usha Mehta, the freedom warrior at the centre of the narrative.
The Quit India Movement of 1942 served as the inspiration for the film Ae Watan Mere Watan. The film is a tribute to the unsung warriors who were instrumental in the liberation struggle in India.
Usha Mehta: Who Was She?
Dr. Usha Mehta, who was born on March 25, 1920, in the Gujarati village of Saras, close to Surat, was a committed independence fighter against British authority from an early age. She was an enthusiastic participant in the majority of Mahatma Gandhi’s anti-British movements. She participated in the demonstration against the Simon Commission in 1928. Dr. Mehta participated in the Salt Satyagraha movement as well.
Radio The Girl Behind Congress
Dr. Mehta had the idea to launch Congress Radio after hearing speeches by independence warriors like Maulana Azad, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and Jawaharlal Nehru in 1942 at the all India Congress Committee. Dr. Usha Mehta used to read newscasts in both Hindi and English on the radio. Also, the covert radio station broadcast all the absurd activities by the British government.
Being Arrested and Continuing Your Journey
Dr. Usha Mehta and the staff of her radio station frequently relocated to maintain their secrecy. But on November 12, 1942, Dr. Mehta and her group were apprehended and imprisoned.
She reportedly received an offer to study overseas if she provided information on other freedom fighters. She turned down the offer, though, and didn’t leave prison until 1946, when her sentence was up.
According to Sara Ali Khan’s upcoming film, in which she would portray Usha Mehta, the first trailer received a mixed reception from online users. Ae Watan Mere Watan will be made available on Amazon Prime Video’s OTT service.