Gandhi Jayanti 2022: Actors who gave memorable films based on the Father of the Nation

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On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birthday on Sunday, his life will be brought to the screen through a series of films, acknowledging that his thoughts and philosophies are still alive and that cinema has promoted it. On the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, here is a list of actors who have given some memorable performances in films based on the Father of the Nation:

Ben Kingsley in ‘Gandhi’

Directed by Mahatma and Richard Attenborough, this definitive biopic starred Ben Kingsley in an Oscar-winning role and, upon its 1982 release, became an instant global success. The film followed Gandhi’s journey from South Africa to India, where he became a mass leader leading a non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the British.

Interestingly, Naseeruddin Shah also auditioned for the role, but Kingsley got the role and prepared hard by reading over 28 books on Gandhi, losing massive amounts of weight, and improving his Indian accent. .

Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Hey Ram’

The veteran actor finally got to play Gandhi in the 2000 Kamal Haasan-directed ‘Hey Ram’, a film about the futility of hate and violence. Even though the role was small, it was poignant and impactful as it showed how any crisis of trust between communities can be overcome through mutual trust and how only non-violence and hate can change people for the better. .

Interestingly, the film also featured Bapu’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi as himself.

Rajit Kapoor in ‘The Making of the Mahatma’

In this 1996 film directed by Shyam Benegal, Rajit Kapoor portrayed Gandhi during 21 pivotal years in South Africa that shaped him into a leader who would one day wield such moral strength that Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. inspired by him.

The Making of the Mahatma, based on Fatima Mir’s book ‘The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma’, won Rajit Kapoor the National Award.

Chirag Vohra in ‘Shobhayatra’

In Zee Theater’s teleplay ‘Shobhayatra’, Chirag Vohra plays the role of Gandhi but with a difference. Written by Shafat Khan, the play highlights the pitfalls of idealism that brought us our country’s independence. It depicts some citizens eager to join the ‘procession’ dressed up as Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rani Lakshmibai and Babu Jenu, but without actually sharing the values ​​of these symbols. .

Chirag plays Gandhi and his most memorable dialogue in the play is: ‘Mankind has arrived at a decisive moment’ (Mankind has reached a decisive moment) which reminds the audience that non-human values ​​like How important is it to reconnect with you? Violence, honesty, truth and courage.

Shobhayatra, filmed by Attar Singh Saini and directed by Ganesh Yadav for the stage, will be telecast on Gandhi Jayanti at Airtel Theater and Dish TV and d2h Theatre.

Dilip Prabhawalkar in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’

In the 2006 Raju Hirani directorial, Dilip Prabhawalkar portrayed Gandhi with a friendly, witty warmth and won the hearts of millions of filmmakers. The comedy starring Sanjay Dutt depicts how any issue in life can be resolved by the Gandhian principle of truth-telling, honesty, humanism and non-violence.

The crucial moment in the film comes when a goon starts seeing Gandhi everywhere and then this conversation changes the lives of not only him, but everyone he interacts with. The film won four National Film Awards.

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