Films on Gandhi ji made impact
January 30, the day when the countrymen lost the “Father of the Nation” Mohan Das Karam Chandra Gandhi popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, also addressed as Bapu. While the country mourned for the expensive loss, the Cinema world at several instances initiated to tribute the legend of this precious personality.
Nothing could be compared with the leader, as doing this would be an insult to his philosophy. A thin body, covered with a white dhoti, a round spectacle on the eyes, and a stick in his hand was enough to wash out the Englishmen from the country yard.
Though many filmmakers tribute Mahatma with their play of excellence, among which Munnabhai stands apart to make a special mark in the spectators hearts with his Gandhigiri. The flick was notable for how the evil activities could be tackled without violence, being the best armor of the combatant.
Besides many portrayed the act of Bapu, some excelled with remarkable performance including Ben Kingsley in “Gandhi”, Rajit Kapoor in “The Making of Mahatma”, Dilip Prabhavalkar in “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and Darshan Jariawala in “Gandhi, My Father”.
As the above actors won the hearts of millions, there were many more depicting the unforgettable triumph of the fable.
In 2000, Gandhiji was portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah in Hey Ram. A film made by Kamal Haasan, it portrays a possible assassin of Gandhi and the quandary faced by the would-be assassins in the turmoil of post-partition India.
In 2002, Gandhiji was portrayed by Surendra Rajan in the film The Legend of Bhagat Singh, a historical biographical film about the Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
In 2005, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, ends with newsreel footage featuring Gandhi. Again in 2005, Gandhiji was portrayed by Mohan Jhangiani (actor) and Zul Vilani (voice) who appears briefly in the film Water.
Followed in the same year, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, tells the story of a retired Hindi professor, who, as he falls victim to dementia, begins to believe that he was accused of being the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
With the standard execution in all the plays Bapu’s vision turned fresh, realizing yet again the the precious gift presented featuring Freedom.