Mahatma Gandhi was not just a simple human being like the rest of us. He was an ordinary man, no doubt but he had his own extraordinary ways and dreams. He was the change that India had been waiting to see for the longest time! He was the face of his Indian independence movement and now, he is the father of our nation! From his philosophies regarding civil disobedience and non-violence, Bapu inspired millions of people in his lifetime to stand up against the most powerful empire the world had ever seen.
Today marks the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi. While the feeling for this designated holiday has changed over the time in the youth of today, we thought of bringing top five movies to watch today. This day is no longer about the importance of Gandhi’s beliefs and values but it is just a ‘public holiday.’
Well, there’s no point going in that debate. It's a bright sunny day and there's no way you’re planning to go out so how about you enjoy your mid-week off in bed all day long?
*The list mentioned below is in no particular order, however, Richard Attenborough’s Ben Kingsley starrer Gandhi will always be on the top!
Maestro British filmmaker Richard Attenborough tried his first serious project and gave us Gandhi starring Indian-origin British actor Ben Kingsley. The film was a confident attempt and is loved by critics and audiences even today. Also, Gandhi turned out to be a milestone in Kingsley’s life as it added his name to the best-known actors in the world. If you don't watch this movie even today then trust me when I say this, it is not a day well-spent.
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
Based on Fatima Meer's book The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma, the film is captures Gandhi's life before he came to India. Particularly, when he practiced as a barrister in South Africa. Starring Rajit Kapur, better known as the original Byomkesh Bakshi as Gandhi, the film was helmed by ace director Shyam Benegal. The Making of the Mahatma also received the National Award for Best Feature Film in English.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, this movie is a refreshing take on Mahatma Gandhi's philosophies and teachings. It made Gandhism so relatable to the young and called it Gandhigiri. Starring Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi, Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a sequel to 2003 hit comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S!
Gandhi my Father (2007)
Based on Gandhi's real-son Harilal’s biography, the film explored the distressed relationship of Mahatma Gandhi and his son. The film received much love from the audience and critics and went on to win three National Film Awards.
Dear Friend Hitler (2011)
Directed by Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, the movie, Dear Friend Hitler features Raghubir Yadav and Neha Dhupia in pivot roles. Set in the backdrop of World War II, this multilingual drama captures the time when Gandhi wrote letters to Adolf Hitler in order to stop violence as Hitler made his attempt to assist India in gaining independence from the British rule.
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