Gandhiji has taught us the lesson of forgiveness and mercy. He was an anti violent freedom fighter. He used to say that if you want to become like someone in life and to achieve your desire than you’ll have to think accordingly, as the person becomes as like as he or she thoughts of.
Many school plays performed by small kids every year displaying Gandhiji on the occasion of Republic Day, Independence Day or on Gandhi Jayanti. Apart from the school drama, few documentary movies are also there premiered since decades and several artists beautifully speculated his character.
Here is the list of actors who performed the role of Mahatma Gandhi in various movies till now, showcasing Gandhiji’s life, freedom movements and his contribution in Indian freedom.
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Actors in the role of Mahatma Gandhi
Till now there are 5 Actors who performed the role of Mahatma Gandhi till 2023 and justified his role. Details are below:
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Deepak Antani in Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh (2023)
Recently the Gujarati film director Deepak Antani has performed the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the latest movie Gandhi Godse Ek Yuddh (release date: 26th January, 2023). Deepak got entry in Limca Book Of Records 2022 and India Book Of Records 2019 as Gandhiji’s character.
He is also an invited member of Gujarat government as film subsidy policy making and cultural cell.
He also performed several stage shows like Yug Purush, Sardar Patel, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Hazir Ho.
He had also worked in several tv channels as tv serial director Tele Films, AD Films and more.
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Dilip Prabhavalkar in Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Lage Raho Munna Bhai film released in 2006 in which Dilip prabhavalkar performed the role of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie was on comedy and drama genre. In this film the lead character was performed by Sanjay Dutt who has the imaginary image of Gandhiji and he says the illusion of it everywhere. This illusion not him the lesson of honesty, forgiveness and nonviolence.
Following the path of truth as Gandhiji guides him in the movie Sanjay Dutt changes the life of his concerns and of himself as well. This film won 4 National Awards and was praised by the audience globally.
Chirag Vohra in Shobha Yatra (2018)
Shobhayatra is a Hindi ZEE Theatre’s play starring Ayaz Khan (as Jawaharlal Nehru), Chirag Vohra (as Mahatma Gandhi), Nikhil Ratnaparakh (as Subhash Chandra Bose), Mansi Multani (as Rani Laxmi Bai) and Ganesh Yadav (as Lokmanya Tilak). In this tele drama, a group of actors come together to perform on an Independence Day skit where they play these legendary characters of the Indian national heroes such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Lokmanya Tilak.
This movie was 1hr 41mins longs, in Hindi Language. However, things go awry when the actors realized that the play was sponsored by an underworld don. Directors of Shobha Yatra are Attar Singh Saini and Ganesh Yadav.
Rajit Kapur in The making of The Mahatma (1996)
The Making Of The Mahatma film released in 1996 in the joint venture of Indian – South African producers. This film was describing the early life of Mahatma Gandhi when he went to South Africa for study during his 21 years. This movie was inspired by a book The Apprenticeship of Mahatma written by Fatima Meer.
This film was directed by Shyam Benegal. The movie was 144 minutes long in English language. It won the awards of National Film Award for Best Actor, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.
Ben Kingsley in Gandhi (1982)
This was the first biopic of Mahatma Gandhi describing his entire life journey, released in 1982 and the character was performed by Ben Kingsley. Aa the film get released it got instant success globally. Ben Kingsley was praised very much for his award not only award but Oscar award winning performance. Being a non Indian he had justified the character as beautifully as no one can resume him that he is not Gandhiji.
Kingsley read about 28 books about Mahatma Gandhi to know the character in depth. In the movie he performed his journey since his South African life as a student to a non violent freedom fighter in India who leads various movements against Britishers for the freedom.
To become the perfect for the role he lost his weight and improved his Indian accent as well. This film was nominated 11 times in 55th Academy Awards and won eight out of them in which one was for the best costume too.
So these are the actors who speculated the role of Mahatma Gandhi in various movies. The list will be updated as the new actor comes forward for this role.