The 1942 Ballia rebellion would be the subject of a movie, according to Bharatiya Janata Party MP and Bhojpuri film actor Dinesh Lal Yadav, or “Niarhua,” who wants to emphasize the significance of the area to the liberation cause.
Nirahua, an MP from Azamgarh, told reporters at the district headquarters of the party on Saturday night that he had heard about the uprising in Ballia since he was a young child and had been inspired by it.
Days after the Quit India Movement began in 1942, a number of residents rebelled against the British administration, braving gunfire as they stormed the District Jail to free fellow revolutionaries.
On August 19, 1942, Ballia, under the direction of the freedom fighter Chittu Pandey, proclaimed itself “independent”—five years before it actually became so.
The British sent in soldiers to seize the reins of authority, but the revolution did not last long and was quickly put down.