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Gandhigiri movie cast: Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Anupam Shyam, Rishi Bhutani, Dolly Chawla, Meghna Haldar, Mukesh Tiwari
Gandhigiri movie director: Sanoj Mishra
If only Gandhigiri had released a few days earlier. Even hard-sniffing TV channels may have absolved Om Puri of many crimes after this show of “nationalism”. There are others who may call Gandhigiri itself a crime, and not just against Gandhi. But there must be drawbacks to offering the other cheek.
We begin with an NRI from dependable Mauritius lamenting for that “greatest nation of all”, Bharat, and particularly that “greatest soul of all”, Gandhi, at a Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet, no less. In no time at all, he is back for good to a fictional native village in very real “Rae Bareli”. Here the men are thugs, women rapacious, sadhus fraud, and politicians divided by caste and united in bloodlust. All it takes is throwing the Mahatma in the midst — a Gandhi for every occasion, from reforming criminals to helping accident victims on the road, while moving around only and only in an Ambassador. The town, barring a reliably snarling Brahmin leader, is ever so grateful for the NRI benevolence.
The aforementioned NRI, with the weighty name of Rai Bahadur Singh (Om Puri), invites a crude assortment of some of the above louts to live in his own haveli. Their criminal goings-on don’t appear to bother the Gandhian Rai Bahadur. On the contrary, even as they plot, Rai Bahadur extends his generosity to opening a “global school”. That school appears and disappears in a flash, but not without offering an unforgettable image of adults dancing draped in Tricolour hues.
Two of the most homely of those adults are in hush-hush love, interspersed with some very loud songs. Both are “medical students”, but in good, old UP, that never did mean attending classes.
Watch: Gandhigiri movie trailer
Apart from Gandhi, the film abounds in sex — in innuendoes, talk, gestures, in back of vans offering a sexual cure, and down the cleavage of a woman who convinces our Rai Bahadur of her destituteness while the mascara, lipstick, and hair highlights are still in place.
So why does this film have Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Anupam Shyam and Mukesh Tiwari? And why does it offer special thanks to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal? Maybe, some questions are better left unasked.
If Gandhi is taken to mean everything in the film, there is only one person who watches the entire exercise with deep skepticism and a deeper frown. A “Deendayal”. Think what you will.