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'how Accurate Is The Film Gandhi In Accounting Mahatma Gandhi's Life?' By Raghav Kaushik

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GANDHI the movie is, above all, meant for entertainment. However, the movie is historically correct save for a few exceptions; but it is clear why Richard Attenborough (GANDHI's director) has made these errors.Gandhi gets so upset at South Africa's Apartheid laws over just one incident in a train. It is true that this event really happened but it is unclear why Gandhi got so angry and started his campaign in South Africa.A weak point of the GANDHI is its inability to elaborate on major episodes. It moves across five decades of time, all fitted into three hours of film. Attenborough only shows the responders the most important things before quickly shuffling to another ...view middle of the document...

GANDHI presents the hero of the movie as a superhuman; but not everyone in India was with him. His popularity was at an all time low, especially after he failed to convince the Round Table conference in London that Indian was ready for independence. It is likely that the march against the salt company ever happened; or if it did it was not as spectacular as shown in the film.The two notorious fasts undertaken in the movie by Gandhi brought results immediately. Within days, Gandhi got what he asked for. Attenborough even made Gandhi look like a martyr; putting his own life in danger in an attempt to stop violence. In reality however, Gandhi went through many more fasts (notably while in prison) and probably ended them before bringing total peace to save his own life.GANDHI does not fully outline the Gandhian theory (reaching the truth). The only Gandhian theories presented in the movie are the principles on how to overthrow the English government in India (non-violent non-cooperation).Gandhi, in the movie, shouts out, "Oh God!" when he is shot by Godse. In reality, he shouted out "Ram," the name of an Indian God. Attenborough made Kingsley cry out "God" because he wanted Gandhi to seem open to all religions.Excepting these few minor (if it can be called this) errors, Attenborough has made sure his film is historically accurate as well as entertaining. He spent many years just preparing to shoot the video and spent much time researching India's modern history. It is futile to even try to find major mistakes in Attenborough's masterpiece GANDHI.

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