71 years after Mahatma Gandhi’s tragic death at the hands of the Hindu right-wing nationalist, Nathuram Vinayak Godse, ‘The Gandhi Murder’ delves into the political events leading to the assassination that changed the future of Independent India. Asian Lite International columnist Riccha Grrover reviews LUKE PASQUALINO, STEPHEN LANG and VINNIE JONES STARRER, THE GANDHI MURDER
The deaths of Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Martin Luther King and Princess Diana are all shrouded in questions and conspiracy theories. On 30th January 2019, a new name is set to be added to the list – Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India. Was his assassination as clear cut as history leads us to believe?
Based on true events immediately prior to Gandhi’s assassination, ‘The Gandhi Murder’ stars American actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Salem, Into the Badlands) and British talents Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Musketeers, Our Girl), Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Om Puri (East is East, The Viceroy’s House) in his final on-screen role prior to his death in 2017.
71 years after Mahatma Gandhi’s tragic death at the hands of the Hindu right-wing nationalist, Nathuram Vinayak Godse, ‘The Gandhi Murder’ delves into the political events leading to the assassination that changed the future of Independent India. The film releases on 30th January 2019, the 71st Anniversary of the assassination.
Three police officers in different parts of India obtain intelligence about a plot in which right-wing nationalists intend to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi– The Gandhi Murder is a period movie based on true events that led to the eventual assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie demonstrates a violent India, against the backdrop of a non-violent Gandhi, and hard-line fanatic mindsets beginning to grow roots in a country divided on the basis of religion.
The film follows these three Senior police officers, who, well aware of the intelligence that Gandhi’s life in under threat, must take key decisions that would eventually either save the Mahatma, or the country.
The movie unravels facts that are bound to trigger the thought that what is conveyed by governments is seldom the full truth, and that politics define what history books write. That both the police and Indian politicians were well aware of the impending assassination, and even knew about the key planners, and yet did not act in time, demonstrates that the assassination was not an act of a single assassin, but a collective plan hatched within the corridors of power of the newly independent India.
‘The Gandhi Murder’ is written and co-directed by avid history lover, Pankaj Sehgal along with Golden Globe-nominated Algerian director Karim Traidia, claims that this politically-charged film set in post-partition India will delve into areas that have rarely been touched upon by Indian history books: “I love history, but when I was a kid my history books only covered Gandhi’s role in pre-Independence India, but not much else is covered… Our intent is to show Gandhi’s immense contribution to India post-Independence, which is something that very few people understand. They don’t understand that his assassination was bigger than any of his other contributions… India was on the verge of a civil war,” said Sehgal, who believes that Gandhi’s murder silenced the communal frenzy that was threatening to erupt.
‘The Gandhi Murder ‘ will rock the very foundations of India’s political landscaping. The film questions who really played a role in the murder of the founder of India, and whether this tragedy is another in the long line of political assassinations that has deeper, darker roots. Th film will also force contemplation on why political assassinations happen, sometimes with the knowledge and blessings of those who matter.
It is an important film because it touches upon a subject that has rarely been explored fully in Indian history books, a film based on real events around the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi at a time when India was divided on sectarian grounds after the partition. Gandhi was trying to bring people together, but unfortunately many people didn’t believe in the concept of camaraderie and solidarity. A truly gripping film, this is a must watch piece of meaningful cinema.
Themes such as nationalism, patriotism, partition, religious strife, insecurities and power struggle, grudges and sharing responsibilities of nation building and all of its portrayal in a way that’s so real, genuine and moving has surely raised the bar for cinema. It’s a realistic portrayal of an emotional rollercoaster that a nation, father of the nation and others in seats of power went through when the going got tough at a point in time in history, periods that got defined by Gandhi’s assassination 71 years ago.
A brilliantly researched and well-written in-depth script, great acting, subtle nuances presented so realistically that it has the potential to make the audience become a part of the life journeys in the film of the protagonists rather just feel they are watching a film; along with fool-proof direction and storytelling technique, this film is one to watch and write home about.
Kudos to the entire team for giving a timely, important, pertinent, meaningful and engaging film. It’s one newly released film that you just can’t miss out on!
The film is produced by Dubai based Nugen Media and distributed by Rising Star Entertainment Ltd.