Gandhi, My Father is a 2007 Indian biographical drama film by Feroz Abbas Khan. It was produced by Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, and released on 3 August 2007.
The film explores the troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi.
The movie is based upon the biography of Harilal Gandhi, titled Harilal Gandhi: A Life by Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal. Khan’s play, Mahatma vs. Gandhi, while different from this film, had a similar theme which was based on novel by Gujarati author Dinkar Joshi. The movie was shot in South Africa and in several Indian cities including Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Gandhi My Father paints the picture of Gandhi’s intricate, complex and strained relationship with his son Harilal Gandhi. From the onset, the two had dreams in opposite directions. Harilal’s ambition was to study abroad and become a barrister like his father, while Gandhi hoped that his son would join him and fight for his ideals and causes in India.
When Gandhi does not give Harilal the opportunity to study abroad, it comes as a blow to Harilal. He decides to abandon his father’s vision and leaves South Africa for India where he joins his wife Gulab (Bhumika Chawla) and children. He goes back to further his education to earn his diploma but continuously fails and ends in financial ruins. Various plans and schemes to make money fail, leaving the family in poverty. Sick of his failure, Gulab returns to her parents’ house with the children, where she eventually dies from the flu epidemic. Distraught, Harilal turns to alcohol for solace and converts to Islam, only to re-convert to a different sect of Hinduism later on. With political tension heating up, the rift between Gandhi and his eldest son grows until it is beyond repair. Harilal finds it unbearable to live in the enormous shadow of his father. Gandhi is assassinated before the two can reconcile and Harilal attends his father’s funeral virtually as a stranger, almost unrecognizable to those around him. A short while later, he passes away, alone and in poverty, having failed to find his own identity.
- Darshan Jariwala – Mahatma Gandhi
- Akshaye Khanna – Harilal Gandhi
- Bhumika Chawla – Gulab Gandhi
- Shefali Shah – Kasturba Gandhi
- Vinay Jain – Kanti Gandhi
2007 National Film Awards
- Special Jury Award – Feroz Abbas Khan & Anil Kapoor
- Best Screenplay – Feroz Abbas Khan
- Best Supporting Actor – Darshan Jariwala
- Critics Award (Best Film) – Anil Kapoor
- Critics Award (Best Actress) – Shefali Shah
2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Information source: Wikipedia