Gandhi in Indian cinema: Gandhism to Gandhigiri

Oct 05, 2020

October 2nd 2020 marked the 151th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Like other occassions of this pandemic year ,celebrations of Gandhi Jayanti too did fall away .However for some it was a time to remember him through his movies.

Indian movies play an vittal role in bringing the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi to ordinary people. Todays generation relates to his philosophy more as Gandhigiri a term again coined by a famous Indian movie.

Few of the movies made on Mahatma Gandhi  that became popular among people  are

Naya Daur (1957):

This story of a simple villager struggling against technology  hit cinemas in 1957 .It  is an attempt by B.R Chopra to portrays Gandhian value-  that India lives in villages .His philosophy was to favour modernization that benefited masses but strongly discarded technology that exploited poor masses in the name of modernization .

The Making of Mahatma (1996):

The movie is inspired from a book "The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma" .It deals in details of his struggles in South Africa and how he adopted to philosophy like non-violence ,racial discrimination etc.

Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006):

It is light hearted comedy movie with a message which makes you think about Gandhi in a  different way than  history text books focusing on his struggle as freedom fighter. It is completely lined up on his ideologies to speak truth and non violence depicting in light hearted way its relevence in todays times.

Gandhi My Father (2007):

It is a less known fact that Gandhi's relationship with his son was a difficult one.The movie touches upon Gandhi in his personal life and struggle with his son .To know more about him as a father ,this is movie to go for.

Gandhism depicted in Naya Daur to Gandhigiri in Lage Raho Munnabhai ,Gandhian Philosophy has come a long way in Indian Cinema.

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