Gandhi Jayanti is the day of the man who taught us daring, the one who taught us that honesty indeed is the best policy. He was the one who got us our freedom by shooing the British away. Bollywood has portrayed the life of Gandhi in innumerable movies. B town has shown us how the Father of the Nation ruled the hearts of many Indians kyunki, “aenak pehene, laathi pakde, chalte thhe woh shaan se”. The importance of Gandhi in the role of independence has always been paramount. It was he, who with his ideology, simplicity, and immense will power, won India her long awaited freedom.
Here are some who portrayed Gandhi on screen:
The Daring Bapu: Dilip Prabhavalkar
Image Credit: Movie – Lage Raho Munna Bhai
In the sequel to the Munna Circuit series, Lage Raho Munna Bhai saw Dilip Prabhavalkar play the role of Mahatma Gandhi. The role played by Bapu in this fantastic movie made Gandhigiri as good as a movement. The movie clearly depicted how Gandhi chose non-violence to have his own ways against his enemies. So, how many of you are going to try this out this Gandhi Jayanti?
The Young Gandhi: Rajit Kapoor
Image Credit: Movie – The Making of the Mahatma
Rajit Kapoor, the modern day Byomkesh Bakshy, had played the intense role of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1996 movie, The Making of the Mahatma. Rajit Kapoor’s performance was well applauded by the audience and the critics. This Shyam Benegal movie depicts Gandhi’s stay in South Africa.
Bapu Through His Son’s Eyes: Darshan Jariwala
Image Credit: Movie – Gandhi, My Father
The Feroz Abbas Khan movie, Gandhi, My Father, is a vivid portrayal of the complicated relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son, Harilal Gandhi. How the Father of the Nation was a father to his own son is depicted in the movie.
A Dream Come True: Gandhi Played By Naseeruddin Shah
Image Credit: Movie – Hey Ram
The period film Hey Ram, set in the 1940s, has the iconic Naseeruddin Shah play the role of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that it was dream come true for him to be able to stand up to this immensely critical yet interesting role. And as per reports, Hey Ram will be remade again, and we need to wait and watch who plays Gandhi this time.
While the father of the nation is loved by some and hated by some others, his life and preaching and his historic deeds, are something that is used even today for character development of the younger generation.