2nd October marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi alias Mahatma Gandhi. This year India is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of the ‘Father of Nation.’ Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar, a coastal town in Gujarat. He followed the path of non-violence and lead India’s Independence Movement. He challenged the British rule by starting non-cooperation and Quit India movement. October 2 is also observed as the International Day of Nonviolence. Mahatma Gandhi is an iconic personality who is known worldwide as a symbol of peace.
Best movies ever made on Mahatma Gandhi
A number of movies have been made featuring the life and freedom struggle of Mahatma Gandhi. Here we present a list of movies on Mahatma Gandhi. There is no better way to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi than watching these movies.
Released in 1982, Gandhi is an English feature film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The movie features Ben Kingsley in the role of Mahatma Gandhi. It depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi starting from 1893, when he was thrown off a train in South Africa, to the time he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. Upon release, the movie received positive response both from critics and the audience. The movie went on to become a box office success. The movie also received numerous accolades. For his role as Mahatma Gandhi, Ben Kingsley won the Academy Award for Best Actor. It is one of the best movies ever made on Mahatma Gandhi.
- The Making of the Mahatma(1996)
Starring Rajit Kapur as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Pallavi Joshi as Kasturba Gandhi, The Making of the Mahatma was a joint production of India and South Africa. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film portrays the early life of Mahatma Gandhi. Rajit Kapur won National Award for his role as Gandhi. The movie also won National Award for Best Feature Film in English.
- Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara(2005)
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara was a Hindi movie released in the year 2005 and featured Anupam Kher and Urmila Matondkar in the lead roles. In the movie, Anupam Kher plays the role of Uttam Chaudhary who believes that he killed Mahatma Gandhi with a toy gun. In the movie, he is seen as a victim of dementia, a brain disease. Although the movie failed to perform well at the box office, Anupam Kher was appreciated for his role as Uttam Chaudhary.
- Lage Raho Munna Bhai(2006)
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Lage Raho Munna Bhai was a Hindi feature film released in the year 2006. It stars Sanjay Dutt and Vidya Balan in the lead roles. The film also features Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani playing important roles. In the movie, Sanjay Dutt(Munna Bhai) is shown solving common people’s problems using Mahatma Gandhi’s ideologies referred to as Gandhigiri in the movie. The movie performed really well at the box office and achieved the blockbuster status. The movie had a great social influence. It won four national awards.
- Gandhi, My Father(2007)
Gandhi, My Father is an Indian film based on the biography of Harilal Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi. Released in the year 2007, it was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan and produced by Anil Kapoor. It has Darshan Jariwala playing the role of Mahatma Gandhi and Akshaye Khanna in the role of Harilal Gandhi. The movie depicts a disturbed relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and Harilal Gandhi. Darshan Jariwala won National Award for Best Supporting Actor.
- Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948
Mahatma: Life of Gandhi is a documentary film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi released in the year 1968. The film was directed by Vithalbhai Javeri and produced by the Gandhi National Memorial Fund in collaboration with Films Division of India. The movie was released in several versions including English, Hindi, and German. The movie tells the life story of Gandhi and his search for truth.
- Welcome Back Gandhi(2014)
Welcome Back Gandhi is a 2014 release starring S. Kanagaraj in the role of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The movie was released in English and Tamil. In the movie, it is shown how Mahatma Gandhi would react if he returns to modern day India. The movie also features Anupam Kher playing the role of a Chief Minister of an Indian state. It received positive reviews from the critics.
- Hey Ram(2000)
Hey Ram is an India feature film revolving around the partition of India and assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role with Shah Rukh Khan playing an extended cameo. The movie also features Rani Mukerji playing an important role. The movie was released in Hindi and Tamil. The movie received positive reviews from the critics and was a box office success in India and worldwide. The movie also won three National Awards.
- The Gandhi Murder(2019)
The Gandhi Murder is a British-India political thriller featuring the events that led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie stars Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino, Om Puri, and Vinnie Jones in the main roles. The movie was released on 30th January 2019. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30th January 1948.
Sardar is a biographical drama film released in the year 1993. The movie is based on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India. The movie has Paresh Rawal playing the titular role of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The movie also features Annu Kapoor playing the role of Mahatma Gandhi. The film features how Sardar Patel who first ridiculed Gandhi’s policies later joined him in India’s freedom struggle and laid the foundation of one independent nation. The movie was directed by Ketan Mehta and produced by H.M. Patel.
These were some of the best movies on Mahatma Gandhi. This 2nd October let’s take a pledge and follow the path of nonviolence shown by Mahatma Gandhi and put into effect his teachings in our life.
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