Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a name which has become synonymous with India’s fight for Independence, has been one such figure who is famous all over the world for his unconventional methods of fighting injustice. From ‘Ahimsa’ to ‘Satyagraha,’ Gandhian techniques are followed by leaders worldwide.
So much so, that any story on the Indian freedom struggle becomes incomplete without his mention. And today, on his 148th birth anniversary which is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti every year, indianexpress.com brings to you five top portrayals of the freedom fighter in Bollywood films you should definitely give a watch:
1. Gandhi (1982)
Ben Kingsley’s stark portrayal of Gandhiji in this 1982 Richard Attenborough film definitely tops the chart because it not only brought to light one of the most true-to-life pictures on the Indian independence struggle but also on the Indian freedom fighter. It even went on to win an Oscar and is often called one of the most thorough biopics ever made.
2. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
This Sanjay Dutt film features one of the most entertaining portrayals of Gandhiji in recent times. Lage Raho Munna Bhai made Gandhiji, played by Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, more relatable to the younger generation. More because, rather than focusing on Mahatma Gandhi and his life, the film focused on Gandhian principles and how they can be incorporated in the modern world today.
3. Hey Ram (2000)
This Kamal Haasan film starred Naseeruddin Shah in the role of Mahatma Gandhi though initially Mohan Gokhale was the one supposed to essay the role. A revenge saga by a victim of partition, this is one such project which comes with a different perspective on Gandhiji. Hey Ram is based on the life of a common man Saket Ram (Kamal Haasan) and how his life is influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. The film also starred Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan and Hema Malini.
4. Gandhi, My Father (2007)
Starring Akshaye Khanna as Gandhiji’s son, this film saw acclaimed actor Darshan Jariwala step into shoes of the ‘Father of The Nation’. But instead of talking about Mahatma Gandhi’s political life, it focused on his personal one and his relationship with his son, Harilal.
5. Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak (1996)
Also known as The Making of the Mahatma, the film has a different outlook on Gandhiji as it shows how a South African barrister became the Mahatma of India. Rajit Kapoor’s performance in the lead role is remembered by fans even today.