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Gandhi, My Father is a 2007 Indianmarker film by Feroz Abbas Khan (not to be confused with actor Feroz Khan [522082]). It was produced by Bollywood star, Anil Kapoor, and released on 3 August 2007.

The film explores the troubled relationship between Harilal Gandhi (portrayed by Akshaye Khanna) and his father, Mahatma Gandhi.

Background

It is based upon the biography of Harilal Gandhi-Harilal Gandhi: A Life [522083] by Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal. [522084] Khan's play, Mahatma vs. Gandhi,[522085] while different from this film, had a similar theme. [522086] It was shot in South Africa and in several Indianmarker cities including Mumbaimarker and Ahmedabadmarker.

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Plot

With Gandhi My Father, producer Anil Kapoor and director Feroz Abbas Khan have shed light onto Gandhi the person, rather than Gandhi the icon. Using Gandhi’s political career as a canvas, the film paints a picture of his intricate, complex, and strained relationship with son Harilal Gandhi (Akshaye Khanna). From the onset, the two had dreams directed in opposite directions. Harilal wanted to study abroad and become a barrister like his father, while Gandhi hoped that his son would join him and fight side by side for his ideals and causes. When Gandhi doesn’t give Harilal the opportunity to study abroad, it comes as a huge and almost unforgivable blow to Hari. He decides to abandon his father’s vision and leaves South Africa for India where he joins his wife Gulab (Bhoomika Chawla) and kids. He goes back to school to earn his diploma, but fails three times in a row, leaving him in a financial dump. Each of his schemes to make money falls through and he ends up building a horrible reputation for himself, all the while tarnishing his father’s name. Sick of his failure, Gulab returns to her parent’s house with the kids and Hari stumbles and eventually falls. He turns to alcohol for solace and shuffles back and forth between Hinduism and Islam, in a never ending search for peace. With political tension heating up, the rift between Gandhi and his eldest son grows until it’s beyond repair. This is the story of a man who lived in the enormous shadow of his father, striving to discover his own identity till his last breath.

Awards

2008 National Film Awards



2008 Zee Cine Awards

  • Critics Award (Best Film) - Anil Kapoor
  • Critics Award (Best Actress) - Shefali Shah


2008 IIFA Awards



2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards



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