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Movie: Gandhi My Father (drama) [bollywood]
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Darshan Zariwala, Shefali Shah, Bhoomika Chawla
Direction: Feroz Abbas Khan
Gandhi, as an individual may have been long gone, but the idea of Gandhi not only lives on forever, it grows stronger with each passing generation. Small wonder then, it's The Discovery of Gandhi which has become the prime occupation for GenNow, GenThen and GenNext. From Richard Attenborough's Gandhi to Sanjay Dutt's Gandhigiri , the Father of the Nation has truly provided rich fodder for the film industry, both this and that side of the globe. And now comes Anil Kapoor's — he makes his debut as producer — Gandhi . The big question? Does this film fall in line with the rest of the G-films and offer one more epical dimension to Brand Gandhi? For those who have seen director Feroz Khan's theatre adaptation, Gandhi viruddh Gandhi , the film might be a much watered down version of what was a hard-hitting indictment of the Nation's Big Daddy. Gandhi, the father simply had no answers to his angst-ridden son's accusations. Here, the father is viewed in a much more sympathetic light and the halo remains relatively undiminished. Blame it on the constraints of a mass medium....
For those who haven't seen Naseer and Kay Kay explode histrionics on stage as the squabbling son and dad, the film is truly landmark. In the first place, it showcases Akshaye Khanna's acting skills as never before. As Harilal, the loser son who traverses the long road from being touted as Chhota Gandhi to a cheat, alcoholic and a waster for whom nationalism, Gandhism were dispensable 'isms', Akshaye almost makes you weep. Completely dwarfed by his father's larger-than-life personae, the boy had no choice but to rebel against the Gandhi label which became the proverbial crown of thorns on his head. And amidst all the confrontations and misgivings with his venerable father, the only thing that remained constant was his love for his mother, Kasturba.
Of course, there are scenes where Gandhi comes across as insensate, preachy and quite condescending, but the screenplay doesn't take long to reinstate him to his pedestal. What remains is the picture of a son who was too weak to inherit his father's mantle. Both Zariwala and Khanna make a riveting father-son pair, even as the women, Kasturba (Shefali) and Harilal's wife Gulab (Bhoomika) stand-by as silent victims haplessly caught in the crossfire. The freedom movement aptly forms a sepia-tinted backdrop to the family tussle and the film deftly sheds light on the darker side of Gandhigiri. An interesting debut for Anil Kapoor as producer and Feroz Khan as director.