Gandhi, My Father (2007)
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Filmmaker Feroz Khan explores the tragedy of a man who transformed the soul of a nation, but could not provide salvation for his own flesh and blood. Mahatma Gandhi was known in life as "The Great Soul" -- the "Father of a Nation." But while Gandhi's peaceful form of civil disobedience led India to independence and inspired civil rights movements across the globe, his eldest son, Harilal, was wandering the streets of India destitute and conflicted. His father's identity the bane of his
Aug 3, 2007 Wide
Nov 13, 2007
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Classy production values and a textured lead performance by Darshan Jariwala are undercut by a lack of real drama in Gandhi My Father.
It's a beautifully shot and staged period reconstruction, and is at times impressively acted, at least in the secondary roles. What it lacks is fresh insight.
Gandhi, My Father weakly opts for lionization at precisely the moment it should go in for the killshot.
It's overlong and repetitive, but it impressively gives us a full-bodied portrait of the icon.
Jariwalla and Khanna's competent performances, and Khan's simplistic screenplay fail to grip and elevate this from an average to an exceptional piece of cinema.
There's nothing here to seriously damage Gandhi Sr's reputation; if anything, he is made more human.
A worthy subject and a great looking film, tragically let down by a major lack of pacing and focus.
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