The story explained that the director describes the movie to have more than a passing resemblance to the critically acclaimed 2004 German film Downfall starring Bruno Ganz. News.com noted that Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, directing the movie, told the Mumbai Mirror, "The film will recapture the last days of Adolf Hitler, including his life in his Berlin bunker and Germany after his death in 1945."
The film will focus on the German dictator's personality as well as his relationships with his lover and other close associates during the final days of the Nazi regime. Its makers say the title - Dear Friend Hitler - alludes to two letters written to him by India's independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Anil Sharma, the biopic's producer, said it was "an analytical portrayal of the ideologies followed by Hitler". "We will try to show his fears, insecurities and pressures he faced while taking crucial decisions," Sharma said, adding that though the movie would have some similarities to Downfall it would be an entirely original work.
In my many years of writing 'Comment' articles, there has been an occasional film review I've enjoyed writing. As Adolf Hitler is a historical character full of contractions, I expect to see still more cinematic productions of Hitler and additional documentary-films of his life and times.
A few months ago now, 20-21 March The Weekend Australian published a fascinating tip bit about Hitler which had otherwise been unknown. It provided the historical evidence that Hitler played cricket when he was recovering at the end of WWI in 1918 in a respite hospital which was situated next to a British POW camp. He noticed the English prisoners playing cricket and Hitler asked whether he could watch.
Having acquired a run-down of the game, Hitler asked whether he could bring his own cricket team and play a match against a British POW XI. Hitler, who was around 28, a Corporal, showed his management talent and turned up with a team (Hitler XI) which played against a British POW XI.
Moreover he gave Cricket this insightful motto - (Ohne Hast, ohne Rast) - 'Unhasting, Unresting'.
This insightful comment about cricket, clearly illustrates that this human being had significant insights into a whole range of life's aspects. There is bound to be additional tid bits of information that will give further insights into his strengths and destructive behaviours.
Another tid bit I've picked up about Adolf Hitler's character was his incessant harrowing of his Generals who unlike him, had never experienced WWI trench warfare.
It seemed as though his 'world view' of running a war, was based on his trench war mates conversations of the incompetence of the General Staff who had never visited the trenches.
It seemed as though, to Hitler, advice was from those who had never experienced going over the top into withering machine gun fire, or being ankle deep in mud from the driven rain or winter snow, could not be taken all that seriously.
Strategy, to Hitler, appeared to be in the domain of a fighting man, not those who sipped tea hundreds of kilometres from the front. This view is also put forward by historian Ian Kershaw in his latest edition of his book 'Hitler' (Penguin Books, 2009).
In other words, he was determined to fight his war from the experiences of the front. This can also be seen in his choice of military tunics, in that the only decoration he ever wore was his well deserved Iron Cross 1st Class.
It is also fascinating that in his years of struggle before WWI, he attended a Protestant Evangelical Church for several months but came away totally unimpressed. I've often wondered at this, in that, wasn't there anyone in that congregation, who might have taken this awkward young man under their wing.
M V Tronson, who stutters, and has been known to be a bit eccentric, has always been blessed in that there were people around him who nurtured him and saw something special in him. He wonders why that didn't happen with that lost young man, Adolf Hitler.