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Gandhi, My Father (2007)

The account of troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harilal Gandhi
... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
... Kasturba Gandhi
... Gulab Gandhi
... Henry Polak
Ilanit Shapiro ... Sonja Schlesin (as Illanit Shipiro)
Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... Zakaria
... Grieving Fast Food Stall Owner (as Rajendranath Zutshi)
Bomie E. Dotiwala ... Photographer (as Bomi Dotiwalla)
... General Ian Smutts (as Greg Villojen)
Rustom Irani ... Mahadev Desai
Nayan Shukla ... Jeevan
Padmesh Rawal ... Narottamdas
Dharmendra Gohil ... Harilal's Arya Samaj room-mate
... Prostitute
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Mohandas was born in the Gujarati speaking family, had several brothers who jointly owned property in Rajkot. At the age of 13 Mohandas married Kasturba. On attaining maturity he re-located to England, became a Barrister, returned home, and together with Kasturba re-located to South Africa. They returned to India for a few years and this is where they became parents of four sons: Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas and Devdas. Subsequently, the family returned to South Africa, leaving Harilal alone. As Harilal did not do well in his studies he got married to Gulab without his parents' blessings. Mohandas then invited Harilal to South Africa and on his Secretary's request also invited Gulab, who had recently given birth to a daughter, Rami. Harilal wanted to be a Barrister like his father but found his movements restricted as his father wanted him to actively participate against the Satanist and Racist British regime, leading to Harilal being arrested and imprisoned. Harilal's hopes of becoming a... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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27 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мой отец Ганди  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$174,425, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$240,425, 19 August 2007
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The film caused Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher's relationship to go sour. Anil had intended on casting Anupam in the film as Gandhi. Anupam agreed, then started his own film "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara" .This angered Anil as he thought Anupam was playing the role of Gandhi in the film and he did not inform Anil he was going to make a film on Gandhi. Anupam reasoned that he was not playing Gandhi in his home production, but it was too late. Anil felt betrayed by Anupam. See more »

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A father's plight
30 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

It takes guts to make a movie on Gandhi in India ,in which he is not shown as a man who could do no wrong.This movie shows how a Mahatma failed to be a decent father(at least in the eyes of his son).

The performances are terrific ,the cinematography fantastic, the direction fabulous,but the film drags.If the intention was to make this movie without any box-office expectations,which i assume is the case here,then its a brilliant attempt,but if the makers were expecting this to be a commercial success,then the film's fate was doomed the day they chose this subject..

20 yrs from now,this movie will be remembered for the brilliant portrayal of Harilal by Akshaye Khanna.He deserves an Oscar nomination for this one..And honestly,his is not the only performance worth applauding, Shefali Chhaya is terrific too..

Watch the scene where Harilal hears about his father's death.No dialogues,No screaming,but a speechless shot by Khanna.Its one of the finest scenes ever shot in the history of Cinema

Gandhi,My Father is not at all exciting cinema but yes,its excellent cinema and a must watch.Brilliant Attempt..


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