Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Bollywood Movies Not To Be Missed On Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary

On 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, here’s looking at Bollywood movies based on the life of great Indian freedom fighter. Born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869 he was entitled as ‘Father of the Nation’ for his contribution towards the country

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Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Bollywood Movies Not To Be Missed On Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary
With 2019 marking the 150th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, we can’t miss out on discussing how various Bollywood directors have portrayed the life of the great leader on the celluloid, giving a creative touch of their own.  Some mentioned his struggle in their movies in bits and pieces, while some made movies with Mahatma Gandhi as the central character. He was a thorough preacher of non-violence and his teachings on Satyagrah led India to its freedom.

Many actors like Mohan Gokhale, Ranjit Kapur, Annu Kapoor and few other played Mahatma Gandhi on screen. Moreover, the films based on him were not just nationally raved about, but also internationally by them being screened at prestigious film festivals. On that note, let’s take a look at the top 6 Bollywood movies, which were either based on the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi or as mentioned above, showcased the life of this leader on the celluloid.

Lage Raho Munnabhai and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Both these movies were based on the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi of non-violence,  actor Dilip Prabhavalkar who played Gandhi onscreen was shown as lead actor Sanjay Dutt’s alter ego, guiding him in every step of life. Both the movies were blockbuster hits with audience eagerly waiting for its third part to hit the screens.


Gandhi, My Father (2007)

Helmed by Feroz Abbas Khan, Gandhi My Father was a story from Gandhi’s son Hiralal Gandhi’s perspective. Akshaye Khanna played Hiralal Gandhi, whereas veteran actor Darshan Jariwala stepped into the shoes of Gandhi for the screen adaptation. It focused on the troubled relationship between the father-son.


Sardar (1993)

Ketan Mehta’s movie titled Sardar though was not based on Gandhi, it showcased the importance of the freedom fighter in the formation of new India. The movie was a biopic on Vallabhbhai Patel; showcasing how Vallabhbhai Patel and Gandhi crossed path during the freedom fight and lead the fight together against the invaders for a certain period in the history of India.

Hey Ram (2000)

This movie title happens to be Mahatma Gandhi’s last words before he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. Superstar Kamal Haasan plays a common man in the movie who is influenced by Gandhi’s teachings. The movie though shows Gandhi in a bad light, towards the climax restores his image and justifies the actions taken by him.


The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

Directed by ace filmmaker Shyam Benegal, The Making Of The Mahatma captured Gandhi’s journey when he was stationed in South Africa and practiced as a barrister. Actor Rajit Kapur played the pivotal role; the film also received a National Award for the same.


Gandhi To Hitler (2011)

The movie depicts different ideologies of Adolf Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi. It also showcases how during World War II, Gandhi wrote letters to Hitler. While actor Raghubir Yadav played Hitler, actor Avijit Dutt played Gandhi onscreen.

These films hold high regards on the day of Gandhi Jayanti and are a must-watch.


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