Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on this day in 1969. This day, 2nd October, is celebrated as his birthday because not only he was a common man with uncommon vision and approaches but also because he united the country as one and stood non-violently against the British like a staunch pillar. His work and he himself as a personality have been inspiring many generations till date and will be inspiring the ones to come. Many filmmakers, too, across the world have been inspired to make biographical movies that portray Gandhi and his greatness. Here are the 3 best Gandhi movies that have been outstandingly amazing and have helped people know Mahatma Gandhi and his greatness better.
This Hollywood movie named Gandhi was nominated for the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 11 categories and won 8 of them. Ben Kingsley portrayed the titular role and Rohini Hattangadi portrayed the role of Gandhi’s wife Kasturba Gandhi. The movie has been considered as one of the best Gandhi movies till date. The cast of the movie also included amazing Indian actors such as Mohan Agashe, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Amrish Puri, Shreeram Lagoo, Om Puri, Alok Nath, Pankaj Kapoor, etc. On this Gandhi Jayanti, it is indeed an absolute must-watch movie.
The Making Of Mahatma (1996)
The Making Of Mahatma Gandhi was the story of early life of Gandhi – his 21 years in South Africa. Rajit Kapoor played the role of young Gandhi and Pallavi Joshi played the role of his wife – Kasturba Gandhi. This movie covers Gandhi’s story of why he had to go to South Africa and how he developed his political views and ethics there. Gandhi faced innumerable biases due to his ethnicity, skin colour, etc during his days in the foreign country. The movie The Making Of Mahatma Gandhi was a joint Indian-South African production, directed by one of India’s renowned directors Shyam Benegal.
Gandhi, My Father
One of the most emotional Gandhi movie would be Gandhi, My Father. Produced by Anil Kapoor and directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, it was the first movie that talked more about Gandhi as a family-man than as the nation’s father. This movie revolves around the story of Gandhi, his eldest son Harilal Gandhi and the issues that spiralled around the father-son relationship. Darshan Jariwala did an incredible justice to Gandhi’s character, and on the other hand, Akshaye Khanna’s portrayal as Harilal was unforgettable. Shefali Shah played the role of Kasturba Gandhi and Bhoomika played Harilal’s wife Gulab. The movie not only talks about the family issues but also gives layers to Gandhi’s personality. By the end of the movie one will understand the great sacrifices done by Mahatma Gandhi in his personal life to fight for the Indian freedom movement… the reason he is known as the nation’s father even today.