It will not be wrong to say that besides being the greatest figure of Indian independence, Mahatma Gandhi was its face for the rest of the world. From his philosophy of non-violence and civil disobedience to a will of steel, the father of the nation has been an inspiration not only in real life but also in countless film adaptations. Every year we see filmmakers dabble in all genres for their movies, but venturing into historical events for their projects has always been a popular topic. The country’s independence movement has seen several films, which surely remain incomplete without incorporating Mahatma Gandhi. Bapu’s personality, life and contribution to India’s independence made it a perfect movie script. Therefore, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, let’s take a look at the art and works of fiction about the Mahatma’s life:
How can we even begin our list without mentioning Richard Attenborough’s eight-time Academy Award-winning biopic, Gandhi? Ben Kingsley’s austere depiction of the Mahatma will leave you in awe. While the international project was filmed in India in English, it also featured various veteran actors like Amrish Puri, Supriya Pathak, Om Puri, and Neena Gupta among others.
Centered on the partition of India and the assassination of Bapu by Nathuram Godse, this semi-fictional 2000 film sees veteran star Naseeruddin Shah try out Mahatam Gandhi, while Kamal Haasan plays the character of Hindu fundamentalist Saket Ram. The historical drama also features Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji in prominent roles.
Maine Gandhi Koh Nahin Mara
Although the film is not based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, it can be interpreted as indirectly portraying Bapu in the film. It revolves around a retired Hindi teacher, played Anupam Kher, who suffers from dementia, making him think he killed the “Father of the Nation”.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Considered one of the best comedy films made in Bollywood, director Rajkumar Hirani puts an interesting spin on the current value of Gandhi’s philosophy. Starring Sanjay Dutt as a good-hearted moron, the film was a smash hit at the box office.
Gandhi my father
Highlighting the troubled relationship of Mahatma Gandhi and his son Hiralal Gandhi, Gandhi my father was released in 2007 and won a national award. While Akshaye Khanna dabbled in the character of Hiralal Gandhi, Darshan Jariwala portrayed the role of Gandhi.
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