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Nine Hours to Rama (1963)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | January 1963 (UK)
Fictional narrative of Hindu militant activist Nathuram Godse's plan to kill Mahatma Gandhi and of police officer Gopal Das' task to find the killer before it's too late.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Supt. Gopal Das
Valerie Gearon ...
Rani Mehta
Don Borisenko ...
Naryan Apte
P.K. Mussadi
Gen. Singh
P. Jairaj ...
G.D. Birla (as Jairaj)
David Abraham ...
Det. Munda
Harold Goldblatt ...
Selvrag Prahlad
Wolfe Morris ...
Det. Bose
Francis Matthews ...
Nagendra Nath ...
Magin Mehta


"Nine hours to Rama" depicts the life of Nathuram Godse the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. How Godse planned the assassination is shown in the film. How he became a Hindu activist who (unfairly) blamed Gandhi for the killings of thousands of Hindus by Muslims is revealed in a series of flashbacks. Written by <doctorsundar@hotmail.com>

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the murder that changed the lives of millions!


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Release Date:

January 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nine Hours to Live  »

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$3,610,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While the Indian government may have not liked the portrayal, in fact Gandhi does not appear very much in the film at all, and when he does, he is presented in a respectful way. But it is a film which gives equal time to his assassins, and which portrays them somewhat sympathetically. That may have been the real offense. See more »


Referenced in Extraordinary Rendition (2007) See more »

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A Brilliant Retelling of a Tragic Event, Unfortunately Lost to Obscurity
21 March 2009 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Despite periodic attempts by his family to rehabilitate him, Natu Ram Ghodse remains **unperson** in India. It is illegal to publish his name or likeness, with the intention of wiping out all memory of the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.

The astonishing portrayal of the magnicide Ghodse by young Horst Buchholz shows that it is possible on an emotional level to empathize with an unsympathetic character.

The casting probably is the best thing about this picture--that and the exceptional local color of the cinematography. Buchholtz was German born and bred, yet there always was something, well...Asiatic about his looks. Darken his complexion a bit and he makes a convincing Hindu. The most inspired casting of all however was J. S. Casshyap as Gandhi. Casshyap was a university professor, Indian but entirely at home in English, and this was his first film role. His last, too so far as is known. Seeing him bent over a simple spinning wheel really is like seeing the Great Soul himself on the last day of his life.

Many commenters have remarked the effective opening titles but none seem to get the significance of showing the steady unwinding of a watch's mainspring, with driving, rhythmic Indian music in the background. Time...time is passing...time is running out--for Mohandas Gandhi, for India, for the world.

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