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Gandhi Jayanti Special, 5 Films To Remind Us Of The Significance Of The Mahatma

1.     Lage Raho Munnabhai: Sanjay Dutt’s  conversations with  Mahatma Gandhi  in this  ode to the lost spirit  of Gandhism was among the most humanizing works of cinematic art in living history. Dutt, otherwise known to  play the gangster, and director Raj Kumar Hirani who stands accused of  some  very un-Gandhian  activities, brought the  spirit  of Gandhi out of  dog-eared  books in libraries  into  every living room.

2.     Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara:  Anupam Kher not only produced this  gem of a film he  also starred as a Gandhian  patriarch suffering from memory loss, who feels guilty  about  the Mahatma’s assassination. The  film  wove a pastiche of memory, guilt,  nostalgia  and  a crisis of morality all together in a lucid mix that the great man himself would surely  have enjoyed. Not  you, Anupam. Gandhiji.

3.     Hey Rama:  Perhaps Kamal Haasan’s most coherent directorial work to date. Like all of  Kamal’s  work the  narrative rambled on and on. But what stood out was the filmmaker-actor’s  immovable faith  in  the  the  teachings  of  Gandhiji  to move  mountains. Naseeruddin Shah made an  appearance  towards  the  end  of  the  film as  the Mahatma. In my opinion  he was  the best Gandhi I’ve ever seen.

4.     Gandhi My Father: The  human side  of Mahatma Gandhi, this  daring film tracked Gandhiji’s troubled relationship with elder son Harilal who went  astray  for  the lack of paternal care.  Gujarati  actor Darshan Jariwala  was effecrtive  though not  outstanding as Gandhiji. But the focus was on Akshaye Khanna as  the troubled  persecuted son Harilal. Incidentally Anil Kapoor produced this  film directed by stage  director  Feroz Khan. This   film  caused a temporary rift between best friends  Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher as  Anupam felt  Anil was  stealing the thunder  away from his Maine Gandhi  Ko Nahin Mara.

5.     Gandhi: Richard  Attenborough’s bio-pic !!! Need anything  more be said? …. Director Attenborough  and actor  Ben Kingsley  as Mahatma Gandhi did   what no  Indian  filmmaker  or actor has  ever done for  the Mahatma.The film made him a household  name. Take  a bow again , Mr Kingsley.

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