If social media posts are to be believed, a portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose unveiled by the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan is possibly that of an actor who played him in a biopic, and not Netaji himself.
President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled Netaji’s portrait on Saturday to mark his birth anniversary, named “Parakram Diwas” by the Centre. A post from the President’s verified official twitter account @rashtrapatibhvn has now gone viral, with users pointing out the portrait is not that of Netaji at all. Several users said the portrait is of Prosenjit Chatterjee, the actor who played Netaji in the 2019 biopic “Gumnami”.
BJP sources have rubbished the claims, saying the photo was provided by Netaji’s family to Padma Shri award-winning artist Paresh Maity, who painted the portrait.
Among those who ridiculed the portrait was Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who tweeted: “After donating ₹ 5 lakhs to the Ram temple the President honours Netaji by unveiling a portrait of Prasenjit, the actor who played him in biopic God Save India (because this government certainly can’t).”
She later deleted the tweet.
Several posts on Twitter made a similar claim.
BJP’s social media chief Amit Malviya, in-charge of Bengal, posted a sharp rejoinder: “If the neo-Bengal experts are done making a fool of themselves, outraging over the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, unveiled by the President of India, let me remind them that all their misplaced activism won’t be able to save Mamata Banerjee…”