When the filmmakers paid their tributes to the Mahatma…
1. The Making Of The Mahatma – 1996
Veteran actor Rajit Kapoor essayed the character of Mahatma Gandhi to perfection in this Shyam Benegal project. No wonder he received a National Film award (Best Actor) for his power-packed performance. The film also lapped up National Film award for Best Feature Film in English.
2. Lage Raho Munna Bhai – 2006
Rajkumar Hirani’s comedy drama, starring Sanjay Dutt in the leading role, had the Marathi actor Dilip Prabhwalkar play Gandhi, who was a mere figment of Dutt’s imagination. His character’s sole purpose was to bring positivity and non-violence to Sanjay’s life. The film popularised the term ‘Gandhi-giri’ amongst the masses.
3. Gandhi – 1982
British filmmaker, Richard Attenborough, directed and produced the epic biographical movie, titled Gandhi, based on the life story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Versatile performer Ben Kingsley played the title role to the tee. Out of the eleven Academy Awards nominations, the film won eight, including the Best Picture, Best Actor (Kingsley) and Best Director (Attenborough).
4. Hey Ram – 2000
Directed and produced by Kamal Haasan, the semi-fictional crime drama revolved around the partition of India and Mahatma Gandhi’s murder by Nathuram Godse. Naseeruddin Shah played Gandhi in it, while Haasan and Shah Rukh Khan too were in key roles.
5. Gandhi, My Father – 2007
Director Firoz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi, My Father underlines the troubled relationship shared by Gandhi and his son. Based on author Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal’s Harilal Gandhi: A Life, the film was produced by Anil Kapoor. Darshan Zariwala played the Mahatma in it, while Akshaye Khanna essayed his son, Harilal.
6. Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara – 2005
Anupam Kher produced this film and played the leading role in it. Though the film isn’t based on Mahatma Gandhi and his life story, it is a must watch for its emotional and gripping tale that has a professor (played by Kher) who believes he killed Gandhi. As the story unfolds, the viewers fall in love with the script. The movie wasn’t a box office hit alright, but it certainly garnered critical acclaim.