Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not just the biggest figure in Indian independence movement he is the person to whom we owe the freedom of our country actually being possible from a mere dream to a reality. He still is the face of peace and non-violence to the rest of the world. His philosophies of non-violence, civil disobedience and a will of steel helped obliterate the most powerful empire the world had ever seen. Many renowned filmmakers have tried to portray him on the big screen, some with more success than the others. On his birthday
Also known as Bapu and just Gandhi, his philosophies of non-violence, civil disobedience and a being the will of steel helped take down even one of the most powerful empires this world had witnessed.
A lot of directors have tried their hands to portray Bapu on the big screen, and the results we breathtaking with their own share of commercial success. On the eve of his birthday today, we bring to you a list of five top movies that were made on him:
This Richard Attenborough’s epic biopic is considered a seminal depiction of Gandhi’s role in the freedom movement, right till assassination of Bapu in 1948. It further went on to win an Oscar and is till date is one of the most sought out biopics ever made in the history of the entertainment industry.
2. Gandhi my Father (2007)
A Feroz Abbas Khan directorial, this movie explores the strained relationship of Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi. Based on Harilal’s biopic, Gandhi My Father was lauded for its direction and performances, especially for Darshan Jariwala’s stunning acting skills of the great man himself. The film then went on to bag three National Film Awards.
3. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006):
If any film has grasped Gandhi’s philosophy and ideas to the young Indians effectively and in their own language, then it was this film. This movie gave the Mumbai’s slang and heart to Gandhism and named it Gandhigiri. Although Mahatma was just a hallucination of the thug – Sanjay Dutt, but his spirit stayed even after the movie ends.
4. Hey Ram (2000):
A Kamal Haasan project, Hey Ram had a striking star cast t00 – Haasan himself and Shah Rukh Khan. The title of the movie is the last words by Bapu in his dying moments. This movie was all about the political and religious drama surrounding the Indo-Pak Partition and the story of two friends hailing from totally different religious backgrounds keeps the friendship intact. Naseeruddin Shah portrayed Bapu in a stellar performance.
5. The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
A Shyam Benegal directorial, this movie is based on Gandhi’s time in South Africa briefly when he was practicing as a barrister there. It was a time before he decided came to India and then joined the freedom movement. It beautifully tells the story of the incidents that shaped his character and what drove him to take a resolution to overthrow the British rule in India. Rajit Kapur went on to bag a National Award for his portrayal of Gandhi. The movie also went on to win a National Award for the Best Feature Film in English.