It’s a memorable day for India today as the country celebrates the Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The Father of the Nation was born on 2nd October 1869 at Porbandar, Gujarat. Gandhi played an instrumental role in India’s freedom from the British colonial rule in 1947. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an anti-colonial nationalist who laid premise for a nationwide movement in India. Gandhi propagated ideology based on the principles of non-violence (ahinsa) and truth as taught by Buddha. He envisioned a Ramrajya for an independent nation.
We know it is difficult to read and learn everything on Mahatma Gandhi, but it’s important to know the man present on your currency notes and history of independence. To help you know him better, here is a compilation of movies based and influenced by Gandhi’s life. The country observes a National Holiday and dry day every year on his birthday. So utilise the day binge watching these famous and lesser known movies made on Mahatma Gandhi.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai:
The 2006 blockbuster featuring Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi in lead roles redefined the idea of Gandhian ideology. In the 21st century, Gandhigiri found a new place through this movie in pop culture. The movie also stars Diya Mirza and Jimmy Shergil in pivotal roles. Its a must watch for millennials and gen z to understand.
The 1982 movie is a landmark in the history of world cinema. British filmmaker Richard Attenborough brought Gandhi’s life on screen in this biographical drama. The movie was Attenborough’s long standing dream project showcasing Gandhi’s life journey. Realistic portrayal and brilliant performances by the entire cast.
HAMNE GANDHI KO MAAR DIA:
The 2018 movie, directed by Naeem A Siddiqui, narrates the story of two strangers – Kailash and Divakar, whose paths cross during a train journey. The film is set against the turbulent backdrop of Partition, following the end of British Raj. The story traces the interactions of the two characters who have conflicting views about the Mahatma and his philosophy during the journey that coincides with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
ROAD TO SANGAM:
The 2009 movie directed by Amit Rai depicts the tale of Hasmat, a devout Muslim residing in Uttar Pradesh. A mechanic, Hasmat is asked to repair an old lorry, unaware that this was the vehicle that once transported one of the 20 cremation urns with Gandhi`s ashes. He takes up the job, but the situation gets complicated when he finds out the truth behind the urns and decides to transport the last remains of Gandhi. The film stars Paresh Rawal with the late Om Puri and Pavan Malhotra.
The late Om Puri plays the NRI Rai Saheb, who strongly believes in the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. On returning to India, he comes across four troubled people who have made wrong choices in life. The film captures his efforts to reform them by following Gandhi`s example.
The 2008 Kannada film by NR Nanjunde Gowda revolves around a group of children who inspire everyone around them by adhering to Gandhi`s principles and opinions.
The Gujarati film, released in 2019, is based on the concept of a humanoid version of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie brings him to 21st Century. Here, Bapu discusses various topics that greatly impact today`s world, such as the political system, Bollywood, social media and youth.