Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, who won us freedom by non-violent means. His writings and sayings continue to inspire millions across the world, even today.
It’s somewhere natural that filmmakers too would get inspired to make films about this iconic leader. On the occasion of Gandhi’s 152nd Birth Anniversary, we present to you, a list of films you can watch to learn about more about his life and teachings.
Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948 (1968)
Set in the year 1968, this documentary biography depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his incessant search for truth. The story itself is narrated using mostly Gandhi’s own words.
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
As the title suggests, this British-American neo noir crime film depicts the nine hours in the life of Nathuram Godse before assassinating the Indian Independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi. It is based on a 1962 novel of the same name by Stanley Wolpert.
Directed by legendary filmmaker Richard Attenborough, the film covers Gandhi’s life from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off from a South-African train for being in a White-only compartment, and concludes with his assassination in 1948. The film won 8 Academy Awards and garnered several other prestigious film awards across the world. Ben Kingsley lived Gandhi’s character and delivered one of the best performances of all time in the history of cinema.
It is a Indian biographical drama film on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Ketan Mehta movie shows the association of Patel with Gandhiji to attain Independence. Annu Kapoor essays the role of Mahatma Gandhi and Paresh Rawal is seen donning the role of Sardar Patel.
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
Directed by Shyam Benegal, this film revolves around the life of Mahatma in South Africa and his experiences which led him to jump into the freedom struggle. Critically-acclaimed actor Rajit Kapur has portrayed the character of a young Gandhi and the over two decades spent in the African country. The movie is based on book The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma by Fatima Meer.
Gandhi, My Father (2007)
Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan and produced by Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, the film depicts the complex father-son relationship of Mahatma Gandhi and Harilal Gandhi. Darshan Jariwala played Gandhi and Akshaye Khanna enacted the role of Harilal Gandhi. Apart from Gandhi’s role in freedom struggle, it depicts some facets of his personal life with his family.
Hey Ram (2000)
This Kamal Hasan and Naseeruddin Shah starrer is based on India’s Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India and selected by Film Federation of India. Although it was not nominated, it was submitted for Oscars in the year 2000.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Rajkumar Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai starring Sanjay Dutt as the lead actor was a blockbuster. It is a the sequel to the 2003 film Munna Bhai MBBS. The movie portray how Gandhian principles are still relevant in present day life. Sanjay Dutt, who played an underworld don, sees the spirit of Gandhi and interacts with him. He follows the principles of Gandhi to solve problems to help ordinary people.
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara (2005)
Played by veteran Actor Anupam Kher as a retired Hindi professor, Uttam Chaudhary suffers from dementia and believes that he was accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. The mentally ill gets medical treatment by his daughter (Urmila Matondkar) after her uncles narrate the childhood story which made him believe that he killed Gandhi.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2010)
This 2000 Indian English-Hindi bilingual feature film directed by Jabbar Patel narrates the story of B R Ambedkar’s life played by south Indian superstar Mammootty. For the first time, Gandhi has been portrayed in grey shades. Gandhi’s role was enacted by Mohan Gokhle.
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