Gandhi Movie Review

I found this movie very interesting than the other movies I’ve seen in this semester. This movie was about a leader of India that was against the United Kingdoms rule of country in the 20th century. This movie was being covered in 1893 when he was first thrown off the train since it was whites only. Gandhi was a practicing Hindu, although he praised Christianity and Islamic views also. In the movie when after they finish their evening prayer, an elderly Gandhi is helped out for his evening walk to meet a large number of greeters and admirers while one of these visitors shot him in the chest then Gandhi dies was my favorite part since it was suspenseful and as discussed in class was evil as well. The movie flashbacked to about 55 years which was kind of consuming, yet it was interesting turning point at the same time. The most thing I really liked that Gandhi did was when he decided to start a nonviolent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa which was very needed. Finally, after numerous arrests and unwelcome international attention, the government finally relents by recognizing some rights for Indians. After this happened Gandhi was known as a hero for his country for doing this right. Moreover, this movie was about Gandhi spending his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations. Doing this he angered many dissidents on both sides, which Godse was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate him. I imagine that for many Americans, Mahatma Gandhi remains a dimly understood historical figure. I suspect a lot of us know he was a great Indian leader without quite knowing why and such is our ignorance of Eastern history and culture we may not fully realize that his movement did indeed liberate India, in one of the greatest political and economic victories of all time, achieved through nonviolent principles. What is important about this film is not that it serves as a history lesson but that, at a time when the threat of nuclear holocaust hangs ominously in the air, it reminds us that we are human, and capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements, simply through the use of our imagination, our will, and our sense of right. This movie should be viewed by everyone since it really is mind-opening about such an important figure of history or independence for India.


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