Karamchand Gandhi, more commonly known just as Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the most famous men in the history of the world. His non-violent protest helped to inspire many pre-eminent figures over the coming decades which included Martin Luther King. Gandhi was the leader of Indian nationalism in British ruled India and his actions helped lead India to independence. Of course this means that his actions are perfect fodder for cinema and there have been many movies that have followed his life. Here are seven movies about Gandhi that you can be inspired by.
Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 film version of the life of Gandhi is regarded as the seminal piece of work to depict his life. It won eight Academy Awards which included the prize for best picture and encompassed all of the great man's life into it's 191 minutes running time. It may last a bit too long but it will definitely inspire you once it's finished.
"Gandhi, My Father"
This 2007 movie takes a look at the troubled relationship between Mahatma Ganhdi and his Harila Gandhi. It is based upon Harila Gandhi's biography and is no holds barred account of their strained and often tumultuous time together with the Mahatma wanting his son to follow him into a life of non protest, whilst Harila wanted to study abroad and become a barrister.
"Gandhi To Hitler"
One of the greatest film titles of all time is actually a rather dire film in the end. Each of it's characters whether they are a member of the Third Reich, A Russian Army minister or a French infantrymen are portrayed by an Indian actor. It's unintentionally funny especially when he attempts to pit Gandhi's attempt at non violent protest up against the struggles of the second World War. Still, what a title.
"Sardar" is actually and Indian bio pic about one of India's greatest freedom fighters, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel but Gandhi appears throughout as one of the men who helps to convince Patel that his non-violent protest is the best way to be heard. An inspiring account of a terrible ordeal.
This 2005 Canadian film is an inspirational piece of cinema that looks to explore the lives of several widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India in 1938. Gandhi's words and values help to inspire much of the main characters in the film and even though he never actually appears in the piece, we still feel the power and wisdom of his work.
"Lage Raho Munna Bhai"
A 2006 Indian comedy that seems to be the Bollywood version of "Bill & Ted," "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" has been credited with igniting a new found sense of Gandhism within the Indian nation. Munna Bhai, a Bombay mafioso, begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and this inspires him to act like a better person. Something we all wish could happen.
"The Making of the Mahatma"
Based upon the book "The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma" by Fatima Meer, who also wrote the screenplay, "The Making of the Mahatma follows the early years of Gandhi and his 21 years in South Africa. I allows us to witness a rarely seen period in the great man's life.