Movie Review: Gandhi

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.

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.

You can order it here.

                                                                                                                          

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6 Responses to Movie Review: Gandhi

  1. Ashvini says:

    Hi Daniel,
    Gandhi was a great man no doubt. He did not take the injustice and fought against it. I am in much admiration of him for that purpose.
    However I am more enamored by another freedom fighter known as “Bhagat Singh”. His story and his thoughts were more inspiring than any of the other leaders. Due to political reasons he is not that known in the world but he is the biggest freedom fighter alongside Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the minds of average Indian. Surprisingly Gandhi does not stand that tall in our minds and people would definitely pick one of the two people above over him. The reasons are plenty.
    If you get time, you should get more reading about these two . You would love them and the things they did to get India independent. Just superb.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Ashvini,

      I had no idea!
      It is definitely time fo rme to read about Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose with the praise you gave them.
      I had never heard of them before.

  2. Naresh says:

    Hi Ashvini & Daniel.

    I used to think in similar lines as Ashvini until few years back. I always felt that revolutionary movements of subash and Bhagat (not interested in using Bhose and singh surnames (?) ) would have yielded us independence much before 1947 . What an amateur thinking. It’s kinda fashion to make statements like this and when we say that, it just shows our ignorance of the situation in then India. India as a country was filled with grown up infants with deep rooted caste system, religious and idiotic superstitious beliefs. If you happen to read world history, the brutalities of Nazis and Japanese were multifold in nature in comparison to british. I agree, it feels good to think of French, american and Russian revolutions. But we Indians were not the same as the french or americans or Russians in terms of patriotism. Had we been more binded as a single nation, which I feel we are still working towards it, we would choosen a revolutionary method to attain freedom. Gandhi chose Non-violence because Indians are not yet ready for violence. Indians on a majority were like childerns without much awareness. Read the reasons for failure in 1857 revolts. Gandhi had no choice but to protect us from brutalities of oppression from these modern countries. Revolutionary movements need utmost sense of nationality from all people. The caste and religious issues played more important in the minds of most Indians. The Regional and Religious issues had its own share. Indians were not fit enough for revolutionary movements because what was present in Americans, French or Russians were actually absent in Indians to a larger extent. Had it been there, Gandhi he himself would have approved the revolutionary movements. India is still a country in making. Read Books of Ambedkar, jyoti bai phule, Periyar to understand the social conditions of Indians during these times. You will get your answers, why revolutionary movements would’nt have succeeded in India.

    • Ashvini says:

      Naresh,

      I find it strange that you chose to say that Indians were not ready to take on the might of British oppression based on immaturity of people. I find the argument absurd. The revolt of 1857 failed because
      1) It was not as widespread as it was
      2) British had successfully sown the seeds of division and hence it never really took the shape it could.
      3) It was too divided
      India was not united even before the British arrived .There were plenty of states that had their own kings. This situation was adequately utilized by British first to set up a unit in Calcutta and then taking kingdoms by deception. ( I am sure there are thousands of reference to such treachery). The reason you cannot compare Indian patriotism to any other country’s patriotism is because we were never called as India.
      In 1857, every kingdom fought for its own existence( even though the enemy was single). A small amount of coordination did develop at those time but the idea of India had really not taken shape until British occupied whole of country and unified it under the name of India. That happened around 70 years from them. And your lack of patriotism argument does not cut any ice because many Indians( not Indians ) like Lakshmi Bai, Tantya Tope, Tipu Sultan and many others fought valiantly and it is well documented unless you deny that as well. The reason for 1857 was clearly lack of cohesion under one force but at that time , the idea of India itself did not exist. It is far complex then for e.g. unified forces fighting for a common cause examples of american and French united either by religion or at least common ancestory. India had none of these.
      One good thing British did to India was to unite her under one command. That really put Indians against one common enemy.

      “In 1885, educated middle class nationals had founded the Indian National Conference (INC). Their aim was to get a much greater say in the way India was governed.”
      The next mistake they did was to educate Indians in English which led them to form INC and the idea of India was thus born. They started demanding all kinds of voting rights and indeed British granted them a few rights . The British were worried where it would stop. So you see this is how idea of India was slowly taking place.
      You are really painting people of per-independence India with a very broad brush. Though there were not so much progress on people’s movement initially but later on it really made a strong movement forward under leadership of Mahatma Gandhi ( I never said it did not).
      However the fact that Germans/Japanese would have been brutal had they occupied India cannot be inferred from any incidence against Indians. Nowhere I can find out that Gandhi wanted India to be under British rule while being protected from Japanese/Germans. I am not sure what reference you are quoting. If you feel Gandhi was 100% against violence you would be surprised that he agreed that his methods would not work against a dictatorial government.

      Bhagat Singh and others that you conveniently want to disregard actually joined Gandhi before they came to the understanding that his methods were not really going to get independence. Bhagat Singh was not a man of propoganda. He threw the bomb in assembly, surrendered himself, was tortured and then murdered by British. He was the terror in British hearts for years before he decided to gave himeslf up. while he gave up his life for country, all the non-violent people went ahead and became rulers of india
      I am really surprised at your mix up of argument when it is very simple
      1) Bhagat Singh was equal of a freedom fighter if not more than Gandhi
      2) He was extremely dedicated to his cause and brave to face the torture
      3) He is underrated in the freedom struggle depiction.
      Now what is amateur about it :) ?

    • Ashvini says:

      One more thing, I never said and thought that India would have won independence before 1947 if Subash and Bhagat had their way. I dont know if it was possible( before or after). We are discussing here the underrating of Bhagat Singh vis a vis MKG in this topic.

      • Daniel M. Wood says:

        Hey Guys,

        I know this is a powerful subject that wakes a lot of emotion.
        Sadly I feel that I don’t know enough about the subject to really take a stand, I know I have an enormous amount of respect for Gandhi, but do not know much about Subash and Bhagat.

        I am glad you both shared your views, you have really given me a look at the different sides and what was happening in India. I look forward to reading more on the subject.

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