Mahatma Gandhi was a man of peace and non-violence. A marvel of humanity who with his daring and intelligent actions created history we all read about today. His contributions are beyond gratefulness and his compassion is still talked about with fondness. Not only did he played a vital role in freeing this country but he also bestowed upon us... teachings and principles which to this day are as applicable as life itself.
Today is as good a day as any to remember the man who offered so much to lean on and think about. To begin with, here are 5 movies based on his life, preachings, actions and most importantly ideologies. Happy Gandhi Jayanti.
Winner of 8 Oscars and one of the most celebrated film, Gandhi was the dream project of iconic British filmmaker Richard Attenborough. The movie includes everything you need to know about Mahatma Gandhi and Indian independence. It's one of the most recommended pieces of art that you should definitely watch.
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2. Gandhi, My Father
Gandhi, My Father is a 2007 film which won 3 national awards and is based on Harilal Gandhi's (Mahatma Gandhi's son) biography. The movie centrally explores the distraught relationship between Gandhi and his son Harilal. And between being a father to his beautiful sons and father of the nation; a gap created and refilled is perfectly portrayed in this film.
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3. Hey Ram
A 20-year-old historical drama by Kamal Hassan is a story around the time of partition. This film revolves around Saketh Ram, a Hindu archaeologist who turns into a Hindu extremist soon after his wife is raped and murdered by a Muslim group. He then blames everything on Gandhi's decision to partition India, thus conspiring to kill him. But there are things he'll soon realise during the movie which will help you and me clear every doubt we had in mind about the partition.
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4. Lage Raho Munna Bhai
A comedy-drama by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a perfect rendition of Gandhian principles filmed to simplify his teachings for our generations. Lage Raho Munna Bhai is based on Murli Prasad a gangster who after series of events ends up in a library studded with true stories, beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi and is introduced to a new level of consciousness wherein he felt Gandhi's presence at all times. He used Gandhigiri to solve all the problems brought to him by people through the radio. The film is quite funny, moving and filled with Mahatama's essence. A must watch if you still haven't.
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5. The Making Of The Mahatma
A joint Indian-South African production, The Making of The Mahatma is a film based on the book "The Apprenticeship Of A Mahatma" by Fatima Meer. It talks about the early years of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi during his 21 years in South Africa where he fought against social evils like racial discrimination and came to be known as Mahatma.
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Once you are thorough with Mahatma Gandhi's life there's no way you can ever forget his life, sacrifice, humanity and teachings.