Today, the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi also referred to as the Father of the Nation was born on October 2, 1896. Mahatma was fondly called ‘Bapu’. He along with various other freedom fighters led the Independence movement against the Britishers.
His teachings and ideologies have inspired people throughout the world, to follow the path of ‘Ahimsa’; Non-Violence.
Filmmakers in and around the world have I have tried to portray the life of Gandhi on the big screen. His teachings of non-Violence, Satyagrah and civil disobedience movements have been the central theme of many movies.
Some movies, revolved around the life of Bapu, while some tried to look at his family life. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti let us revisit some of these movies.
Director- Richard Attenborough
Cast- Ben Kingsley, Om Puri, Amrish Puri
The Ben Kingsley starred movie on Gandhi is one of the most popular movie. British director, Richard Attenborough directed this masterpiece. The movie captured Gandhi’s life as an advocate in South Africa, his freedom struggle movements, the Quit India movement, Civil Disobedience, Partition, and his death. Kingsley’s portrayal of Gandhi was so surreal and flawless, it managed to create a connection with millions of Indians.
Even after all these years, Richard’s Gandhi was the most well-made and researched movie on Gandhi of all time.
2.The Making of Mahatma
Director- Shyam Benegal
Cast- Rajit Kapur, Pallavi Joshi
The Shyam Benegal directorial is one of the most underrated movies. Actor Rajit Kapur, who played Gandhi in this movie, won a national award for his acting. The movie, unlike others, focused on Gandhi’s life when he was a barrister in South Africa. Gandhi became a victim of the racial discrimination that was going on in Africa and how this changed his views on life. This is also considered to be the turning point of Gandhi Ji’s life. The movie also won the National award for Best Feature Film in the English Language.
Director- Kamal Hassan
Cast- Kamal Hassan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee
‘Hey Ram’ these were the last words that came out of Gandhi’s mouth after he was shot dead by Nathuram Godse. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hassan movie is about the events that followed post-partition, the political and ideological differences of these two friends. The movie was directed, written and produced by Kamal Hassan in Tamil and Hindi language.
4.Gandhi, My father
Director- Feroz Abbas Khan
Cast- Akshay Khanna, Bhumika Chawla, Shefali Shah
The two sharp contrast between the roles of Gandhi’s life. Gandhi as the ‘Father Of The Nation’. and Gandhi a father. This movie is based on the Biography of Harilal Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s eldest son.
Akshay Khanna portrayed the role of HarilaL in this movie. The story is about the strained relationship of Harilal with his father. Their ideological differences and how they affected the father-son bond.
5.Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Director- Rajkumar Hirani
Cast- Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani
The second installment of the Munna Bhai series, directed by Rajkumar Hirani is all about Gandhigiri. Sanjay Dutt who plays the beloved Munna Bhai, a Gangster, known for his violent acts leads a life total opposite to what Gandhi had always preached, the path of non-violence.
This movie reminds the youth of the nation about the forgotten the ideologies of Gandhi and applying them in our day to day lives. Unlike the above films, this is a light-hearted portrayal of life on Bapu on the silver screen.