Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Must-see films on Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence, whose 144th birth anniversary will be observed on Wednesday, has been the favourite of many a filmmaker who has gone behind the camera to bring his philosophy and sayings to the big screen.

Gandhi (© Rex Features)


We list some of the movies that were about the man, revered in India as Father of the Nation, and also those that were not about him, but highlighted his philosophy:

'Gandhi' (1982) - Directed by Richard Attenborough, 'Gandhi' is one of the best movies on the Mahatma so far. Ben Kingsley essayed Mahatma Gandhi so convincingly that he walked away with the best actor award at the 55th Academy Awards for his role. The film's success can be measured from the fact that it won seven Oscars, including that for best director.

'The Making of the Mahatma' (1996) - Shyam Benegal, one of the best directors of Indian cinema, decided to adapt 'The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma', written by Fatima Meer, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. The movie recounts the 21 years that Mahatma Gandhi spent in South Africa. The director teamed up with talented actor Rajit Kapur, who played Gandhi with such élan that he won the National Film Award for best actor.

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