Long after his death, Mahatma Gandhi still inspires filmamkers to explore his ideals and make movies around him. First came the beautiful Lage Raho Munnabhai and now a more realistic, Gandhi – My Father. The movie starring Akshay Khanna, Darshan Jariwala, Shefali Shah, and Bhumika Chawla is a commendable attempt from the side of Anil Kapoor and Feroz Abbas Khan to showcase that part of Mahatma Gandhi’s life about which very little is known to the masses. It is a movie which portrays his estranged relationship with his eldest son Harilal Gandhi and how throughout his life he just couldn’t manage to bring the latter to the forefront of the struggle he was leading. It also showcases the predicament of a son of an extremely great man who couldn’t rise upto the stature of his father despite all his efforts.
Performances from the lead actors of the film are brilliant. Akshay Khanna, in particular, deserves to be appreciated for taking up a role like this at this point of time in his career when doing a masala movie could have brought him more success. Darshan Jariwala playing Gandhi has done justice to his role. It is very difficult and challenging to portray a character who is so well known to the country and Darshan jariwala doesn’t let you down at any moment in the film. He has essayed the character with full dignity. Shefali Shah is an extremely talented actress and in this movie she has once again showed that given a good well defined role, she can deliver. Bhumika Chawla, as Harilala’s wife is also good.
The film despite being based on the tragic story of Harilal’s life still has some scenes which brings smile to your face. The best example of this is the scene where Akshay Khanna and Bhumika Chawla pose for photographs post their marriage.
All in all, I rate this movie good and definitely worth a watch.