Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi the man and the leader
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma aka Bapu aka Father of the Nation — watch these movies on October 2, celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, to pay tribute to the leader on his birthday.
Nine Hours to Rama
Mark Robson’s 1963 British- American film tracks the last nine hours of Gandhi’s life. Based on Stanley Wolpert’s 1962 novel of the same name, the film is made up of several flashbacks to moments that led to the master planning and finally the assassination of Gandhi by Nathuram Godse.
Perhaps the most-watched on Gandhi, this Oscar-winning biopic by Richard Attenborough begins with Gandhiji’s early life in South Africa and ends with his assassination. Ben Kingsley shines in the title role of this 1982 film.
The Making of Mahatma
Directed by Shyam Benegal, this film focuses on the early life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his 21 years spent in South Africa. Originally based on The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma by Fatima Meer, the film delves into on how Gandhi’s days in South Africa transformed him from Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to the Father of the Nation.
Gandhi, my Father
This biographical drama looks at Gandhi from a different perspective. The film directed by Feroz Abbas Khan looks into the complex relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Hiralal Gandhi, their conflicting opinions and frequent clashes. The film stars Darshan Jariwala as Gandhi and Akshaye Khanna as his son.
Dear Friend Hitler
Released in India as Gandhi to Hitler, the film revolves around the letters Gandhi wrote to Adolf Hitler and highlights two world leaders with contrasting personalities. Directed by Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, this film is based on how Gandhiji’s ideals of non-violence can help one win a battle without bloodshed and terror.
Welcome Back Gandhi
The Tamil film, also known as Mudhalvar Mahatma, imagines Gandhi returning to the modern world six decades after his death. It focuses on the need for Gandhian principles in today’s time and the relevance of his ideals. In the film, Gandhi addresses today’s youth on how to change the world using the power of the mind.
Lage Raho Munnabhai
Bapu’s ‘appearance’ in Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbuster enlightened the audience about his ideals and principles. The lessons of ahimsa (non-violence), patience and love that Gandhi gave are not just for Munnabhai, but every one of us.
The Gandhi Murder
A historical political thriller directed by Karim Traïdia and Pankaj Sehgal, the film highlights Gandhi’s non-violent ways in a disturbed political scenario. This is the story of three police officers who were aware of the fact that Gandhi’s life was at risk and features real incidents at the time of Gandhi’s assassination.
Gandhi, played by Annu Kapoor, has a significant role in this Karan Mehta biopic on Vallabhbhai Patel. The film portrays the dynamic relationship between Iron Man of India and the Father of the Nation Gandhiji and their unity and effort in attaining India’s independence.
Named after the last two words Gandhi is said to have uttered, the film directed by Kamal Haasan shows the leader in a negative light till the climax when his image and principles are restored. Set around the Partition, the film has Naseeruddin Shah playing Gandhi.