If Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life were to be made into films, which it has been, the broad rushes we already know, in bits and fragments, or as a partial whole, through school history textbooks and public archives. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar in Gujarat, the short-statured man made the world sit back and marvel at his doctrine of ahimsa and satyagraha or peaceful, non-violent protest as the means to the end of political and social progress, and most importantly to liberate India from the British Raj. Famously known by the world today as Mahatma, and as Bapu in India, along with being hailed as the Father of the Nation, he spearheaded the nationalist movement in India and eventually was instrumental in ushering into independent India.
2019 marked the 150th birth anniversary of the now universally recognised political leader and this year, he turns 152. Mahatma Gandhi is perhaps among the most widely documented world leaders, with strong contentions and narratives from both his dissidents and proponents, and the attempt to get to know the man behind the Mahatma shall go on till the end of civilization.
Here are five films that revolve around Mahatma Gandhi, etching different vignettes of him as perceived by the individual filmmakers. While you watch or re-watch them today onwards, spare a serious thought or two about how have we kept the man alive in modern-day India, or have we?