On the event of Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birthday on Sunday, acknowledging that his concepts and philosophy are nonetheless alive and cinema has in its manner promoted it, his life will probably be introduced on display screen by way of a number of films. On the big day of Gandhi Jayanti, here is an inventory of actors, who’ve given some memorable performances in movies based mostly on the Father of the Nation:
Ben Kingsley in ‘Gandhi’
This definitive biopic of the Mahatma and Richard Attenborough directorial starred Ben Kingsley in an Oscar-winning function and on its launch in 1982, grew to become an on the spot world success. The movie adopted Gandhi’s journey from South Africa to India the place he grew to become a mass chief helming the non-violent, non-cooperative Independence motion towards the British.
Curiously, Naseeruddin Shah had auditioned for this function too however Kingsley obtained the half and ready rigorously by studying over 28 books on Gandhi, shedding an enormous quantity of weight and perfecting his Indian accent.
Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Hey Ram’
The veteran actor lastly obtained to play Gandhi within the 2000 Kamal Haasan directorial ‘Hey Ram’, a movie concerning the futility of hate and violence. Although the function was brief, it was poignant and impactful because it reveals how any disaster of religion between communities could be overcome by way of mutual belief and the way solely non-violence and never hate can rework folks for the higher.
Curiously, Bapu’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi additionally appeared as himself within the movie.
Rajit Kapur in ‘The Making of the Mahatma’
On this 1996 Shyam Benegal directorial, Rajit Kapur portrayed Gandhi throughout the 21 momentous years in South Africa that went on to form him as a frontrunner who would in the future wield such ethical energy that the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. can be impressed by him.
‘The Making of the Mahatma’, based mostly on Fatima Meer’s e book, ‘The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma’, received Rajit Kapur a Nationwide Award.
Chirag Vohra in ‘Shobhayatra’
In Zee Theatre’s teleplay ‘Shobhayatra’, Chirag Vohra performs Gandhi however with a distinction. Written by Shafaat Khan, the play highlights the lack of idealism that received us our nation’s independence. It depicts just a few residents keen to hitch a ‘Shobhayatra’ dressed as Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, RaniA Laxmibai and Babu Genu however with out actually sharing the values of those icons.
Chirag performs Gandhi and his most memorable dialogue within the play is: ‘Manav jaati ek nirnayak mod par aa pahunchi hai’ (The human race has reached a decisive second) which reminds the viewers of how essential it’s to reconnect with values like non-violence, honesty, fact and braveness.
Filmed by Attar Singh Saini and directed for the stage by Ganesh Yadav, ‘Shobhayatra’ will probably be aired on Gandhi Jayanti on Airtel Theatre and Dish TV & D2H Rangmanch.
Dilip Prabhavalkar in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’
On this 2006 Raju Hirani directorial, Dilip Prabhavalkar performed Gandhi with a genial, witty heat and received over the hearts of hundreds of thousands of filmgoers. The comedy starring Sanjay Dutt within the lead depicted how just about any difficulty in life could be solved by the Gandhian credo of truth-telling, honesty, humanism, and non-violence.
The important thing second of the movie comes when a goon begins to see Gandhi all over the place after which these interactions rework not simply him, however the lives of all these he interacts with. The movie received 4 Nationwide Movie Awards.