This is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. The movie tells the story of the life of Mohandas K Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi).
It is a movie I think everyone should see. Gandhi was incredible, a truly incredible person.
When he died, a poor old man, without possessions, public office or formal position, he was mourned by the whole world, royalty from the entire world were at his funeral.
Albert Einstein said “Future generations will find it hard to believe that a man like this once walked among us”.
Gandhi changed the world in so many ways. He proved that pacifists could win wars; he brought the British Empire to its knees without ever lifting a hand against their enemy.
He fought for freedom for his people but he would never compromise his principles to do it, he could have made India free sooner if he had let his people rise up, but he knew that doing so would create a nation of warriors and that in the long term it would never work. He wanted the British to leave as friends, which they finally did.
The Young Gandhi
His fame started in South Africa, he was a lawyer, had studied at oxford and expected to be treated as an equal to the British, this was not the way in South Africa.
Indians were looked down on by the British in South Africa and weren’t even allowed to walk on the sidewalk with a white man. They also needed to be registered and at all time carry a passport, something Brits did not have to have.
He started a crusade to make things more equal in South Africa and made incredible differences, he spent 20 years in South Africa before returning to India.
In India he was the one that started the non-violence motion of independence that freed India.
He was so loved by the people that when fights started breaking out and the people stopped following his teachings of non-violence; he fasted, until they stopped. He almost died, but everyone in India stopped fighting and begged him to start eating.
I apologize for not being able to make him justice in this short text but I hope you can see how much admiration I have for Gandhi.
The movie tells an incredible story about him and I think you should see it.
To add, the movie one won 8 Oscars, among others Ben Kinsley one an Oscar for his portrayal of Gandhi, which was incredible.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you have to!
It will quite possibly change your life.