The 'Father of the Nation' Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapuji, was born on this day i.e October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. His powerful weapons like Satyagraha and Non-cooperation movement have inspired the entire world and many great personalities and intellectuals are still following his ideologies.
Many filmmakers have showcased the life story of Gandhi in different ways, as a father, a lawyer, a leader, a social reformer, etc. On the occasion of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, let us have a look at some of the top films which centre on Gandhi's life story and principles.
Gandhi is a 1982 epic historical film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The film was written by John Briley and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough. Ben Kingsley played the title role.
The film covers Gandhi's life from a defining moment in 1893, during which he was thrown off from a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment and ends with his assassination and funeral in 1948.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards in eleven categories, winning eight, including Best Picture and Best Director for Attenborough, Best Actor for Ben Kingsley and Best Screenplay Written for Briley.
2. Gandhi, My Father
It is a 2007 Indian biographical drama film which was written and directed by Feroz Abbas. Produced by Anil Kapoor, Darshan Jariwals played the role of Gandhi in the film while Akshaye Khanna essayed the role of his son Harilal Gandhi.
Gandhi My Father is about Gandhi's complex relationship with his son Harilal Gandhi where the two had dreams in opposite directions. Gandhi hoped that his son would join him and fight for the nation. But, Harilal's ambition was to study abroad and become a lawyer like his father.
3. Hey Ram
The historical fiction-political thriller was written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan, who also played the protagonist role in the film. The film's plot is about India's partition (partition of Bengal) and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse.
Saketh Ram (Kamal Haasan) and Amjad Ali Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) are good friends and they do not agree for the partition of Bengal and creation of Pakistan. At one point of time, Saketh Ram's wife gets raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. Saketh is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is solely responsible for all the problems in the country and sets out to kill him.
4. Lage Raho Munna Bhai
It is the sequel to the 2003 film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, starring Sanjay Dutt (Munna Bhai) in the lead role. Munna gets hallucinations of Gandhi after a lot of study about Gandhi's life and ideologies. Then, Gandhi appears and helps Munna in his love matter. Munna then follows Gandhism and helps the local people. In the course, he faces several troubles and how he overcomes them by following Gandhigiri forms the remaining part of the story. Lage Raho Munna Bhai was remade in Telugu as Shankar Dada Zindabad with 'Megastar' Chiranjeevi in the lead role.
5. The Making Of The Mahatma
Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film is about the early life of Mahatma Gandhi as a young lawyer, aged 21 years, in South Africa. The film is based upon the book, The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma, by Fatima Meer who also wrote the screenplay for the film.
Gandhi travels to South Africa to settle a case of a wealthy Indian who settled there and expects to return back in a short time. But, instead of that, he gets involved in the freedom movement and stays there for around 21 years.
Directed by Krishna Vamsi, Mahatma is about the reformation of a local rowdy into Mahatma's follower. Srikanth as Dasu involves in various settlements and works under a local politician cum rowdy leader, Jayaprakash Reddy. After a series of events, Dasu realises his faults and decides to go in a good path like Mahatma Gandhi and starts his own party called Mahatma.
7. Welcome Back Gandhi
The film which was directed by A Balakrishnan, stars S Kanagaraj as Mohandas Gandhi and Ilaiyaraaja scored the music for the film. The movie's plot explores how Gandhi might react if he was still alive and visited the modern day India.
Remember Gandhi on this special day by watching the above mentioned movies and try to follow his path to acheive what Gandhi had dreamed...
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