Gandhi Jayanti 2022: Artists who brought Gandhi and his ideals to life

New Delhi: On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 153rd birthday on Sunday, recognizing that his ideas and philosophy are still alive and the cinema has promoted it in its own way, his life will be brought to the screen through various films.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, here is a list of actors who have made some memorable performances in films based on the Father of the Nation:

Ben Kingsley in ‘Gandhi’: This definitive biopic from the directing of Mahatma and Richard Attenborough starred Ben Kingsley in an Oscar-winning role and became an instant worldwide success upon release in 1982. The film followed Gandhi’s journey from South Africa to India, where he became a mass leader leading the nonviolent, non-cooperative independence movement against the British.

Interestingly enough, Naseeruddin Shah had also auditioned for this role, but Kingsley got the part and prepared rigorously by reading over 28 books about Gandhi, losing a huge amount of weight and perfecting his Indian accent.

Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Hey Ram’: The veteran actor finally got to play Gandhi in the 2000 Kamal Haasan director ‘Hey Ram’, a film about the futility of hatred and violence. Although the role was short, it was poignant and impressive as it shows how any crisis of faith between communities can be overcome through mutual trust and how only nonviolence and not hatred can change people for the better.

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

Rajit Kapur in ‘The Making of the Mahatma’: In this 1996 directing by Shyam Benegal, Rajit Kapur portrayed Gandhi during the 21 memorable years in South Africa that later shaped him as a leader who would one day wield such moral power that people like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. would be inspired by him.

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

Chirag Vohra in ‘Shobhayatra’: In Zee Theater’s teleplay ‘Shobhayatra’, Chirag Vohra plays Gandhi, but with a difference. The piece, written by Shafaat Khan, highlights the loss of idealism that has brought us the independence of our nation. It depicts a few citizens eager to join a ‘Shobhayatra’ dressed as Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, RaniA Laxmibai and Babu Genu, but without really sharing the values ​​of these icons.

Chirag plays Gandhi and his most memorable dialogue in the play is: ‘Manav jaati ek nirnayak mod par aa pahunchi hai’ (Humanity has reached a decisive moment), reminding the audience of the importance of reconnecting with values as non-violence, honesty, truth and courage.

Filmed by Attar Singh Saini and directed for the stage by Ganesh Yadav, ‘Shobhayatra’ will be broadcast on Gandhi Jayanti on Airtel Theater and Dish TV & D2H Rangmanch.

Dilip Prabhavalkar in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’: In this 2006 direction by Raju Hirani, Dilip Prabhavalkar played Gandhi with genius, witty warmth and won the hearts of millions of moviegoers. The comedy starring Sanjay Dutt shows how virtually any problem in life can be solved through the Gandhian creed of truth-telling, honesty, humanism and nonviolence.

The key moment of the movie comes when a goon starts seeing Gandhi everywhere and then these interactions transform not only him but the lives of everyone he associates with. The film won four National Film Awards.

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