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150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhi: Movies you shouldn’t miss!

Published on: October 2, 2018 | Updated on: October 9, 2018
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is a well-renowned name all around the world for his contribution in the Indian freedom movement.  Popularly known as the Father of the Nation, Gandhi is also called as “Mahatma Gandhi”. People in India fondly call him Bapu too. He had left such an impact over the Indians that he had been the subject of several documentaries, books, and movies. Cinema has tried really hard to portray the life of this historical figure, several filmmakers have attempted to highlight his character onscreen.

Some of the memorable movies based on Gandhi are:


Mahatma: Life of Gandhi (1968) – This documentary, based on the life of Gandhi, was released in the year 1968. Directed and scripted by Vithalbhai Jhaveri, the film was produced by the Gandhi National Memorial Fund in cooperation with the Films Division of the Government of India. This black and white documentary includes the minute details of Gandhi’s life. Animation, live photography and some old stills are used to serve the purpose. It has been released in Hindi and English version respectively.

Gandhi (1982) – Gandhi is a 1982 British-Indian film is one of the best movies which comes to mind when we think about Mahatma Gandhi. The movie traces the life of Gandhi from South Africa to freedom struggle in India to his assassination in 1948. The film was directed by Richard Attenborough and won 8 Oscars in all.  The actor Ben Kingsley won the best actor award for his portrayal in the movie. Other Oscar winning categories include the best picture and best director. The movie is undoubtedly one of the finest you will come across which has received extreme critical success.

The Making of Mahatma (1996) – The Making of Mahatma features the life of Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and India. Directed by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, the movie depicts the struggle of Bapu during the time he adopted non-violent movement against the racial discrimination. The movie is basically an adaptation of the book titled “Apprenticeship of a Mahatma” which is penned by Fatima Meer. The actor Rajit Kapur got a National Award for this movie. Another award bagged by this movie is the National Award for Best Feature Film in English ( as it was shot in English).

Hey Raam (2000) – This Kamal Hassan starrer is a semi-fictional movie based on Gandhi’s role in the partition and also depicts the details of his assassination. The movie basically talks about the political and religious views during the time of partition and the divergent opinions surrounding them. The title of the film is kept as “Hey Ram” because these were the word uttered by Gandhi during his final moments. Co-starring actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah, Gandhi movie is  based on the life of a commoner named Saket Ram and influence over his life by Gandhi. The actors have given one of the finest performances in the movie.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) – Lago Raho Munna Bhai, a sequel to 2003 blockbuster movie “Munna Bhai MBBS”, is one of those rare movies which have a unique take on “Gandhigiri”. Starring Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi, this movie is about a man who had hallucinations of Gandhi which coax him to do good. The spirit of Gandhi in the movie guides Munna to follow the path of non-violence. The modern take of the movie is unique, funny as well as poignant at times.

Gandhi My Father (2007) – Directed by the well-known personality of the theatre world Feroz Abbas Khan, the movie Gandhi My Father explores the troubled relationship of Gandhi with his son Harilal. It is based on Harilal’s biography which depicts how Gandhi despite being the Father of the Nation couldn’t become a good father for his son Harilal Gandhi. The films explore the sensitive topic untouched by many. Gandhi My Father was well-received by the audience and received three National Awards.


Gandhi to Hitler (2011) – Directed by Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, this multilingual film is based on the events of World War 2. The film is a masterpiece in itself as it displays two completely different personalities. Based on the ‘downfall letters’ penned by Gandhi to Hitler. The film stars Avijit Dutt as Gandhi and Raghubir Yadav as Adolf Hitler. It closely covers the difference of ideologies of both the leaders in which superiority is claimed by Gandhism over Nazism.

These were the best movies based on the Father of the Nation. If you come across more movies, do inform us in the comment section below.


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