ZEE5’s original Marathi series Hutatma tells the story of the Samyukta movement, that led to the creation of Maharashtra with Mumbai as its capital. After a successful stint with season 1, the show has returned with season 2 which explores the movement in detail. Starring Anjali Patil, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Sachin Khedekar, Vikram Gokhale among others, the series focuses on Maharashtra’s history through Vidyut’s (Anjali) personal journey of finding and punishing the culprit who murders her father.
Watch the first episode of season 2 here.
There are many real-life political figures and activists that have been featured in the series. All these personalities were associated with the Samyukta movement in a small and big way. We start the list with India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Everyone is familiar with his contribution as a PM but many aren’t aware of how his decisions shaped up the Samyukta movement.
The Congress post independence had pledged to create separate linguistic states but Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel changed their stand as they thought doing this would hurt the integrity of India. Nehru proposed that there should be a bi-lingual state of Maharashtra-Gujarat, with Mumbai as its capital. However this decision of PM was met with criticism and violent protests.