Martyr’s Day: Remembering Bapu

Lots of conspiracies came up when Baapu was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948, a few months after we gained Independence. We proudly talk about Gandhi’s contributions in Indian freedom struggle but do we really know the facts about him. These 5 movies will take a dig deeper on Gandhi’s life!

1. Gandhi (1982)

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Here indeed is one of the greatest films of the 20th Century about one of the greatest men from the 20th Century. Ben Kingsley’s interpretation of the Mahatma must go down in history as one of the most perfect cinema roles ever carried out. Throughout this long film, you forget you are watching an actor playing the part of a great man in history: you are watching the real Gandhi. Richard Attenborough’s perfect directing added all the possible superlatives to make a crowning achievement, taking biographic films to another dimension.

2. Gandhi, My Father

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It takes guts to make a movie on Gandhi in India, in which he is not shown as a man who could do no wrong. This movie aptly shows how a Mahatma failed to be a decent father (at least in the eyes of his son). Gandhi, My Father is not an exciting cinema but an excellent cinema and a must watch.

Do tell us how you liked it in the comment section below!

3. Maine Gandhi ko Nahin Mara

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It is a story which unfolds through the confines of a cosy house and tells us about a man’s illness. The movie revolves around the daughter’s love, understanding and commitment to find her father’s treatment, overcoming a host of problems through her faith and determination. The most amazing part of this movie is Bapi Lahiri’s background score which makes the movie even more mesmerizing.

4. Gandhi to Hitler

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With an insight to history and politics this movie marks the situation of people during World War 2 when Adolf Hitler tried to assist India in gaining independence from the British rule while Mahatma Gandhi writes letters to him to stop violence. A must watch for all cinema lover interested to know more about Gandhi and Hitler.

5. Lage Raho Munna Bhai

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Going into mainstream Bollywood we have a movie with irony and slapstick comedy. It’s a story about a don, who hopelessly falls in love with a radio jockey but lies to her about being a true Gandhian. Although he ends up hurting her, he also undergoes a change and genuinely begins helping people. The team work of circuit and bhai steals the movie altogether.

 

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