President Ram Nath Kovind unveils a portrait of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 23 January 2021 | Twitter | @rashtrapatibhvn
President Ram Nath Kovind unveils a portrait of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 23 January 2021 | Twitter | @rashtrapatibhvn
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New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and journalists Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt were among several Twitter users who fell for a hoax Monday surrounding the unveiling of a portrait of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On 23 January, the 125th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter, President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled a portrait of Bose at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Soon afterwards, many Twitter users alleged that the portrait was not of Bose, but that of Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee dressed as the freedom fighter for the 2019 film Gumnaami.

However, Bose’s grand-nephew Chandrakant Bose, a member of the BJP, confirmed to ThePrint that the portrait was indeed that of Netaji.

As the hoax was called out on social media, many users — including Sardesai, Moitra & Dutt — deleted their tweets.

ThePrint reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan press secretary by call and mail but they refused comment.

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‘Very difficult to draw Netaji’

In a tweet, Chandrakant Bose said the portrait had been drawn by painter Paresh Maity, a Padma Shri awardee, based on a black-and-white close-up shot of Netaji.


“The artist took the image that I shared on my social media last year as a reference,” Chandrakant Bose told ThePrint. “Many artists have told me it is very difficult to draw Netaji — especially difficult to get his chin and nose right, so many people must’ve doubted the veracity of the portrait,” he said. 

The photo of Subhas Chandra Bose that inspired the portrait and actor Prosenjit Chatterjee as Netaji in 'Gumnaami'
The photo of Subhas Chandra Bose on which the portrait is based, and actor Prosenjit Chatterjee as Netaji in ‘Gumnaami’

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  1. More and more people are getting Rahulised. Someone said this is a new verb now in the Oxford Dictionary.

  2. I love how quick these hypocrite liberals unleash hate at the government just for the sake of it.

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