Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a name which has become synonymous with India’s Independence. He has been one such figure who is famous all over the world for his method for fighting injustice. From ‘Ahimsa’ to ‘Satyagraha,’ Gandhian techniques are followed by leaders worldwide. The Indian Independence struggle’s story is incomplete without his mention. And today, on his 148th birth anniversary which is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanai every year. Gandhi Jayanti is always an occasion to visit the many movie which takes on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi has been an important part of Hindi films as well. Any film on the Indian independence struggle is incomplete without his mention. Today, on his birthday, we list down best on-screen portrayals of Gandhi.
Gandhi, the movie (1983)
Ben Kingsley’s stark portrayal of Gandhiji in this 1982 Richard Attenborough film definitely tops the chart because it not only brought to light one of the most true-to-life pictures on the Indian Independence struggle but also on the Indian freedom fighter. The movie won eight Oscars.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
References to Gandhi’s doctrine famously known as Gandhigiri in the Rajkumar Hirani movie that starred Sanjay Dutt have long existed in fiction and modern consciousness. Lage Raho Munna Bhai made Gandhiji, played by Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, more relatable to the younger generation. More because, rather than focusing on Mahatma Gandhi and his life, the film focused on Gandhian principles and how they can be incorporated in the modern world today.
The biopic on Sardar Vallabhai Patel contains crucial references to Gandhi and delves much into the dynamics between the two. The film was directed by Ketan Mehta and featured Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor and Benhamin Gilani in lead roles.
Hey Ram (2000)
Kamal Haasan’s semi-fictional film was based on Indian Partition and assasination of Gandhi. A revenge saga by a victim of partition, this is one such project which comes with a different perspective on Gandhiji. ‘Hey Ram’ is based on the life of a common man Saket Ram (Kamal Haasan) and how his life is influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. Co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, it made Rs5 crore at the box office.
Gandhi, My Father (2007)
Starring Akshaye Khanna as Gandhi’s father, the film saw acclaimed actor Darshan Jariwala step into the shoes of the ‘Father of The Nation. The film has an unique take on Gandhi as it focusses on his personal life rather than his political one and shows how despite being the ‘Father of nation’, he couldn’t be a good father to his son Harilal Gandhi. The film deals with the complex father-son relationship and presents a different facet of the freedom fighter’s life, one to which not many were privy to.