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I Did Not Kill Gandhi (2005)

Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (original title)
Widowed Uttam Chaudhary lives a comfortable lifestyle with his college-going son, Karan, a daughter, Trisha, who is in love with a South-Indian youth named Ashish Reddy, and an elder son ... See full summary »

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Uttam Chaudhury
Urmila Matondkar ...
Trisha Chaudhury
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Siddharth
Rajit Kapoor ...
Ronu
Sudhir Joshi
Ram Mohan Sharma
Raju Kher
Ashoke Pandit ...
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Divya Jagdale ...
Nanda (Housemaid)
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Addi ...
Karan Chaudhury
Prem Chopra
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Nazneen Ghani
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Widowed Uttam Chaudhary lives a comfortable lifestyle with his college-going son, Karan, a daughter, Trisha, who is in love with a South-Indian youth named Ashish Reddy, and an elder son who is married and works in the United States, through whose income the Chaudharys live on. Uttam is a Lecturer, but when he starts getting old, becoming forgetful, he is asked to retire. He is very close to Trisha, who looks after him. The first major episode Trisha's experiences in her father when he announces that he is getting ready to go to work and asks for his wife to bring him breakfast. Thereafter, things get worse, especially when Ashish's parents come to meet the Chaudharys. It is here that Uttam babbles on inexplicably about being responsible for killing Mohandas K. Gandhi. Trisha must now find out if her dad was in any way responsible for Gandhi's death, and what exactly triggered his long-suppressed memory in her dad's mind, and at the same time must come to terms that his disability may... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Good film on hitherto unexplored subject
28 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", Jahnu Barua has presented a different subject -- Alzheimer's and possibly the associated dementia -- which is itself a deviation from the trashy theme-of-the-decade stuff turned out by Bollywood.

Barua has shown how at least some doctors (usually the young guys fresh out of med school) will try experimental, unproven and risky therapies, while going against the mainstream. Also, the universal tendency among medical personnel, especially the mental health community, to 'keep the status quo' until SOME result is obtained, be it positive or negative, good or bad for the patient, has been very well-documented.

While it may be true that the late-onset dementia was triggered by long-suppressed childhood memories based on some incident related to Gandhi, the 'Speechifying' at the end was totally unnecessary. The court drama could've been edited for greater effect.

Both Anupam and Urmila come across as somewhat high-strung and a tad one dimensional. The professor is retired but has absolutely no neighbors, friends or colleagues that drop in or visit once in awhile. That is highly unlikely even in modern urban India.

Anupam Kher produced this movie (that is also a trend nowadays), as the fine folks at NFDC either turned down Barua's request for financing or were too busy cavorting at Cannes.

Somewhat slow-paced at times, it is nonetheless a well-made drama about human relationships. 7 out of 10.


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