Gandhi Film Review

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“I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet all humility, that those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means” (Gandhi, 1957; 504). These words are only a glimpse of Gandhi’s revolutionary sight that changed Western intellectuals. As we continue to remember his blessings, Gandhi will be known as a leader of the successful freedom struggle and a representative of the highest level of thinking in the Hindu religious tradition. Mohandas Gandhi had many accomplishments throughout his 78 years of life. To briefly outline a few, Gandhi successfully accomplished to abjure from cardinal desires, to study law in London, to educate Indians in South Africa on their rights, oppose a bill that …show more content…
Nonetheless, there are also scenes within this film that object strenuously inaccurate and contradicting views about Gandhi. These scenes in my opinion are challenging to my interpretation of Gandhi’s life within his autobiography. As one of many examples, when Gandhi's wife lay dying of pneumonia and British doctors insisted that a shot of penicillin would save her, Gandhi refused to have the meat-induced medicine injected in her body, almost causing her to die. What the film failed to tell was that Gandhi did in fact inquire to his wife what her decision in the matter would be. Nevertheless, all of this produced a wistful mooing for the audience to romanticize further. Preferable, in my opinion, it would have been more significant to the viewer if events occurring within Gandhi’s life were explicating more substantial than wistfully. However, there is little doubt in my mind that the director felt that even if the real Mohandas Gandhi had been different from the Gandhi of the movie it would have been nice if he had been like the movie-Gandhi, and that presenting him in this admittedly false manner was attractive, inspiring, and perhaps socially beneficial. In addition to this observation, I found that Gandhi’s character in the film was depicted, in large, as a devout in a historical morality tale centered on a man cleansed of anything too embarrassingly “Hindu”. I say this because I do not even recall the word caste mentioned in the film.


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