On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we remember a few Bollywood actors who portrayed the role of Bapu. In various films such as
Lage Raho Munna Bhai the role was portrayed by Dilip Prabhavalkar
In 2006 Raju Hirani directed Lage Raho Munna Bhai where he cast Dilip Prabhavalkar for the role of Gandhi Jayanti. The comedy starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead depicted how virtually any issue in life can be solved by the Gandhian credo of truth-telling, honesty, humanism, and non-violence.
The key moment of the film comes when a goon begins to see Gandhi everywhere and then these interactions transform not just him, but the lives of all those he interacts with. The film won four National Film Awards.
Naseeruddin Shah in Hey Ram
The veteran actor finally got to play Gandhi in the 2000 Kamal Haasan directorial ‘Hey Ram’, a film about the futility of hate and violence. Even though the role was short, it was poignant and impactful as it shows how any crisis of faith between communities can be overcome through mutual trust and how only non-violence and not hate can transform people for the better.
Rajit Kapur in The Making Of Mahatma
In this 1996 Shyam Benegal directorial, Rajit Kapur portrayed Gandhi during the 21 momentous years in South Africa that went on to shape him as a leader who would one day wield such moral power that the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. would be inspired by him.
‘The Making of the Mahatma’, based on Fatima Meer’s book, ‘The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma’, won Rajit Kapur a National Award. Read too Voot Select brings a amusing love story ‘The Great Weddings Of Munnes’, trailer is here
A Short clip from Hey Ram