Remembering Mahatma Gandhi: 7 movies that revive our faith in Bapu’s ideologies

Written By: Wion Web Desk | Updated: Jan 30, 2023, 04:15 PM IST

On the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we revisit films that were inspired by Bapu's ideologies. These films may not have had Gandhi as the central character, but in each of these movies, the Mahatama's role was an important part of the narrative. 


Sardar (1993)

This film tells the story of India's first home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The patriotic movie highlights how Patel helped in making India a democratic country, and saw the post-Independence struggle as the leader of the country after they got freedom from age-old British rule.

The film features Gandhi in terms of his relationship with Patel and how the former influenced India's Iron man. Paresh Rawal essayed the role of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel while Annu Kapoor played Mahatma Gandhi.

The film was directed by Ketan Mehta. 


Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

Rajkumar Hirani changed the space of comedy-drama in India with the 'Munna Bhai' series.

In his second film from the franchise, the director is seen bringing elements of Gandhi-giri, promoting non-violence in modern times while overcoming hurdles in life.

In the film, a local gunda, played by Sanjay Dutt, is seen solving problems with the help of Gandhi's ideologies. Munna even hallucinates seeing Gandhi, making him his imaginary friend. Actor Dilip Prabhavalkar played the role of Mahatma Gandhi who eventually becomes Munna's inner voice in times of distress. 


Hey Ram (2000)

The Indian historical-political drama--based on the partition of India and assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse--came at the start of a new century bringing to the world a new take on the chapter of history that is still relevant.

The movie was directed, written and produced by Kamal Haasan, who also played Saket Ram, the Hindu-extremist who plans to assassinate Gandhi post-partition but eventually lives a long life based on Gandhian philosophy. Actor Naseeruddin Shah took up the role of Mahatma Gandhi.


Nine Hours To Rama(1963)

It is a 1963 British film that focuses on the nine hours of Nathuram Godse's life leading up to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. It was adapted from a book by the same name. The film was directed by Mark Robson and Gandhi was played by J S Casshyap.


Gandhi To Hitler(2011)

This movie is based on World War II when  Adolf Hitler assists India in its freedom struggle against the British, while Mahatma Gandhi writes to him to end violence. The movie was directed by Rakesh Ranjan, Raghuvir Yadav played Adolf Hitler and Avijit Dutt essayed the role of Mahatma Gandhi. The film also featured Neha Dhupia. 


Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar(2000)

It tells the story of BR Ambedkar who is best known for his work for the benefit of oppressed classes in India.

In the film, Gandhi and Ambedkar were shown clashing on their respective ideologies and how that translated into what we have today in terms of policies and principles. The film was directed by Jabbar Patel where veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty played Ambedkar and Mohan Gokhale took the role of Gandhi.


Gandhi, My Father(2007)

The film highlights the troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son Hiralal. Darshan Jariwala played Mahatma Gandhi and Akshaye Khanna played Hiralal in a gripping tale of a strained relationship between the father-son duo. The film was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.