Revolution interrupted: The cult of George Reddy

George Reddy Film
Nearly five decades after his death, a biopic is now ready on the life and times of student leader at Osmania University, George Reddy. | Image - Prathap Ravishankar

Date: April 14, 1972
Time: Around 4pm
Location: Engineering Hostel 1, Osmania University, Hyderabad

On the summer afternoon 47 years ago, George Reddy, a young research scholar, walked down the university library, greeting his friends. Wearing a pair of blue jeans, a black and brown striped shirt, a dark brown leather belt and hawai chappals (flip-flops), as author Geeta Ramaswamy describes in her book, Jeena Hai to Marna Seekho: Life and Times of George Reddy, he was headed to Engineering Hostel 1.

A little later, his body lay on the staircase of the hostel, a stream of blood gushing down. Stabbed multiple times by a group of assailants — a knife was plunged into his kidney from behind, another into his abdomen, buttocks, and finally one into his heart — George died that day, but continues to live in campus lore.

Nearly five decades after his death, a biopic is now ready on the life and times of George. Slated for release on November 22, the movie has created a tremendous buzz, with its trailer garnering over one million views within a week of its release on social media platforms.

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