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Gandhi…. My father
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
July 04, 2007
It was around this time last year that Gandhigiri became a rage thanks to a gangster and his lovable sidekick. Munnabhai and Circuit revived the memories of the Mahatma and his principle of ahimsa as never before in the past few decades. Suddenly Gandhigiri was in vogue and the effects of the movie (Lagey Raho Munna Bhai)
were so profound that Gandhigiri is now a subject of study and research for undergraduate students at one of the top colleges of Delhi University.

This year Gandhiji is coming again. Maybe this news is a bit late in coming, but this is a news that should not be missed. Not only because this is about a movie on the Father of our nation, but because it is a movie like never before. There have been many movies based on the life of one of the greatest men ever to have walked the earth. All of them had been well shot and explored with honesty Gandhiji’s life and his journey towards the Mahatma. Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and the Rajat Kapoor starrer The Making of the Mahatma are the pick of the lot. But all the movies had one thing in common. They all explored Mahatma Gandhi more and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi less. This time we have a movie coming our way that is trying to do what has never been thought of before- explore Gandhi the person, the husband, the father. Of course one has to be very careful with such attempts not to touch any sensitive cord or hurt the feelings of any of the followers of Gandhi (quite a surprise top know that they still exist but a relief).

Gandhi- My Father is a movie that tries to follow the personal life of Gandhiji focusing on the troubled relationship that he had with his son. The movie has Darhan Jhariwala playing the role of Mahatma Gandhi with Shefalli Chaya playing Kasturba Gandhi. The movie has its bit of star appeal in the form of Akshaye Khanna who plays Gandhi’s son and Bhumika Chawla who plays his wife. Of course, a movie about Gandhiji cannot remain isolated from the freedom struggle of India. This movie too follows the struggles but with lesser emphasis than in earlier Gandhi movies.

The movie releases late this month and has been produced by Anil Kapoor. It is expected to do the round of many film festivals this year. It comes at a time when questions about whether Gandhi and his values are still relevant in today’s world were rising again. Especially after the death of Ramachandra Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and great scholar) last month at the India International center in Delhi from where his body was removed in a very disrespectful manner hardly befitting for a great scholar, let alone the grandson of the father of the nation.

Hope Gandhi- My Father and the response it receives may give us a few answers.
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