“Bastar: The Naxal Story” Unveils Gritty Tale of Naxalite Insurgency

Bastar: The Naxal Story
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“Bastar: The Naxal Story” takes audiences on a harrowing journey through the heart of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, delving into the relentless struggle against Naxalism. With Adah Sharma in the lead role, the film exposes the grim reality of Naxal violence and the unwavering determination of those who stand against it.

Release and Reception:

The film, released in theaters on March 15, 2024, received a mixed response from both audiences and critics alike. While some praised its portrayal of the ongoing conflict, others found fault with its execution. Despite this, anticipation for its digital release on ZEE5 is high, scheduled for May 17, 2024, in Hindi and Telugu languages.


Set against the backdrop of the Naxalite insurgency in Bastar, the story centers around Neerja Madhavan, an IPS officer portrayed by Adah Sharma. Madhavan embarks on a relentless crusade against terrorism, confronting the stark reality that Naxal violence has claimed the lives of thousands of Indian soldiers. As the narrative unfolds, viewers witness Madhavan’s unwavering resolve to combat the insurgents, despite the staggering odds stacked against her.


Adah Sharma leads an ensemble cast, including Vijay Krishna as Lanka Reddy, Indira Tiwari as Ratna, and Subrat Dutta as Millind Kashyap. With stellar performances from Yashpal Sharma, Raima Sen, Anangsha Biswas, and others, the film brings to life the multifaceted characters entangled in the complex web of Naxalism.


Directed by Sudipto Sen, known for his work on “The Kerala Story,” and written by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Amarnath Jha, and Sudipto Sen, “Bastar: The Naxal Story” is a testament to their creative vision. Produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah under Sunshine Pictures, the film was crafted with a budget of Rs 15 crore. Despite a modest box office collection of Rs 1.79 crore, its impact extends far beyond mere numbers, sparking conversations about the socio-political landscape of Naxal-affected regions.

As “Bastar: The Naxal Story” prepares to make its digital debut, it stands as a poignant reminder of the enduring struggle against Naxalism. Through its gripping narrative and powerhouse performances, the film sheds light on the sacrifices made in the name of peace and justice. Whether it’s in the halls of cinema or the corridors of power, the echoes of Bastar resonate, urging us to confront the darkness within and strive for a brighter tomorrow.

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