Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary Special

In his lifetime, Mahatma Gandhi watched only two films. He was also very vocal about the corrupting influence of films. Yet Gandhi was a favourite topic for filmmakers from all over the world. FanKick presents Gandhi’s everlasting imprint on celluloid and pays tributes to some of the greatest actors who have portrayed Gandhi on screen.

1. Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)

Ben Kingsley walked away with Oscar for Best Actor for portraying Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s iconic movie, ‘Gandhi’. With his incredible performance, Kingsley gave a new meaning to Gandhi’s ideals and struggle for India’s freedom.  ‘Gandhi’ won eight awards, thrashing the hopes of Steven Spielberg whose E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was one of the top contenders at Oscars.

2. Rajit Kapur (The Making of Mahatma)

Based on Gandhi’s early life in South Africa as a fearless political activist, this movie by Shyam Benegal is a passionate account of the transformation of a reluctant lawyer into the apostle of peace. Rajit Kapur gave his career-best performance in this movie, which also explored how Gandhi formulated Satyagraha principles for his peaceful struggles against the British.

3. Naseeruddin Shah (Hey Ram)

Kamal Haasan’s political drama came at a time when India was besieged with riots and communal tensions. Naseeruddin Shah nailed Gandhi’s character in this controversial movie that narrates how a victim of violence (Kamal) finally realizes Gandhian ideals and decides to follow Gandhi’s footsteps.

4.Darshan Jariwala (Gandhi My Father)

This movie was a rather bold attempt that explored an unusual theme: Gandhi’s stormy relationship with his son Harilal Gandhi. Based on the latter’s biography, this movie explored the personal life of Gandhi. Akshaye Khanna who played Harilal, presented the tensions between Gandhi and his son.  

5. Dilip Prabhavalkar (Lage Raho Munnabhai)

In present day Mumbai, a don (Sanjay Dutt) falls for a popular RJ. Realising that he has no chances, he takes an unexpected turn overnight-Gandhigiri. What follows next is a riot of laughter as he tries to follow Gandhian principles and non-violence to woo her. Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar who portrayed Gandhi brought to the audience the challenges and complexities of trying to live the Gandhian way in the present day.


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