has always been compelling, complex and strangely contemporary. |
Richard Attenborough 's Gandhi
Richard Attenborough introduced Mahatma, the great soul, to the West through his
knows about Mahatma Gandhi's role in the Indian freedom movement and as a social
there are large gaps in our knowledge of Gandhi as a person and a family man,
particularly the turbulent relationship with Harilal, his eldest son.
My Father, is the true story of one of the most important figures of the 20th
Century and the failed relationship with his son.
to live in the shadows of a great father, Harilal tried to seek an identity of
aspirations to study law in England in order to become a barrister and help his
father were discouraged by Gandhi.
Gandhi insisted that such ambitions and a normal family life should be sacrificed
for the larger good of society.
Khanna is Harilal in Gandhi My Father
to accept his father's wishes, Harilal rebelled, tried to stand on his own two
feet but failed.
He roamed the streets of India like a beggar, converted to Islam and eventually
returning to Hinduism.
five months on after Gandhi's death, an alcoholic Harilal dies a destitute, in
a Bombay hospital.
against one of the most politically turbulent times in India, this moving drama
focuses on the intensely personal story of a father struggling to resolve the
destinies of his country and that of his son.
to be forgotten is the role of Gandhi's wife, Kasturba, who was caught between
the traditional, unquestioning loyalty of a Hindu wife to her husband and her
love for their son.
thought provoking drama is based on the play Mahatma v/s Gandhi.
film is directed by veteran theatre and cinema actor, Feroz Khan. He has combined
his talents as a writer and director with the production skills of Bollywood star
Anil Kapoor, to create the most heart rending film of modern times.
in the UK cinemas by EROS International, Kishore Lulla, its Chairman & CEO
said, "Gandhi My Father marks a milestone in the 30 year history of Eros
continued, "this colossal piece of filmmaking, incomparable by anything that
has come before, makes its debut on the global platform of cinema, and we are
exceedingly proud to take ownership of the distribution rights of a film that
will make its own mark in history."
My Father is releasing in the UK cinemas on 3 August 2007. The film is in Hindi
language with English subtitles.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent