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Sunday, October 2, 2016

A brief of mahatma gandhis life and times

The father of the nation, one of the architects of our Independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, later known as the Mahatma, was born on 2 October 1869.

Today is his 147th birthday. After his passing, hundreds of films, plays and books have been written in honour of the Mahatma and have paid homage to him. Here's a list of film:

Born: 02/10/1869
Died: 30/01/1948
Birthplace: Porbandar, Gujarat, India

Gandhi (1982)

Director Richard Attenborough's magnum opus starring Ben Kingsley as the Mahatma is a must watch for his performance; even if the idea of a foreigner playing our Mahatma is not very particularly palatable to everyone.

The film begins with a young Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsaking all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian Independence. He battles the resistance of the British Government through a policy of non-violence and endeavors to make India independent without any blood shed.

Gandhi


The Making of a Mahatma (1996)

This is a joint Indian-South African produced film; directed by Shyam Benegal and is based on the book The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma by Fatima Meer (who also wrote the screenplay) about the Mahatma in the making. It documents the years he spent in South Africa as a barrister.

The film documents the famous incident in Gandhi's life that made him take up the cause of fighting for Independence against the British. As the barrister is travelling in a train, dressed in the Western suit he then favoured; he is thrown out of the first class compartment because of his race. 
He is also shoved out on the footpath for daring to walk close to a bureaucrat's premises; and beaten and abused without any recourse to justice. This incident shakes him and he decides to fight the Britishers in his quest to make his country independent.

The Making of a Mahatma


Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara (2005)

This Anupam Kher produced and Jahnu Barua directed film stars Anupam Kher and Urmila Matondkar in lead roles and is a fictionalised account of events surrounding Gandhi's assassination by Nathuram Godse.

A celebrated Hindi professor; Uttam Chaudhary (Anupam Kher) falls victim to dementia; who believes he has killed Gandhi. Trisha, his daughter (Urmila Matondkar) helps prove his innocence.

Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara


Mudhalvar Mahatma (also known as Welcome Back Gandhi) (2014)

This A Balakrishnan directed film stars stars S Kanagaraj as Mohandas Gandhi. The movie's music was written by the late Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Bharat Acharya, and the movie's plot explores how Gandhi might react if he was still alive and visited modern day India. An eight song soundtrack is set to be released shortly after the film's debut.

Mudhalvar Mahatma


Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

This sequel to the hugely successful Munnabhai MBBS film has Munnbhai fall in love with a radio jockey (Vidya Balan) who wants to save an old age home from being taken over by a unscrupulous builder. 

Munna, who is now masquerading as a professor specialising in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, must now battle his very own forces and the builder. But he has one ally on his side — none other than the great man, Mahatma Gandhi himself. Only trouble is that Munna may have problems convincing everyone about this presence — as he is apparently is the only one who can see and hear Bapu.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai


Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy by Pradeep Dalvi (1988)

As all things controversial and banned, it is available to read online.



Sammy! The word that broke an empire (2016)

Gandhi The Musical (2016)

Mahatma vs Gandhi (1998)

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