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Gandhi & Kollywood Fri day Spl. article by Naveen

The country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of its father- Mahatma Gandhi. It was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly called as ‘Bapuji’, who spearheaded the freedom movement, along with other leaders and crores of people. While the whole nation is inspired by him, Tamil cinema is no exception.

There are many Tamil films which carried his teachings and references. This week, as part of its Friday special article series,, tracks some movies with Gandhi connection. This is our way of paying tributes to the Mahatma.


‘Hey Ram’ is a 2000 historical fiction which was simultaneously made in Tamil and Hindi and also dubbed in Telugu. The film was written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan, who also acted as the protagonist in the film. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The plot centers on India’s partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse.

The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India, and was selected by Film Federation of India as its submission to the Oscars in the year 2000, but was not nominated. The film has garnered three National Film Awards. Hindi version copyrights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

The film is about a protagonist’s journey from religious hatred to love with the theme of the partition of Bengal in the background. Its relevance in the present environment clouded by religious extremism was widely unrecognised. This is the story of Saket Ram, as narrated by his grandson.


‘Mudhalvar Mahatma’ is a 2014 film directed by A Balakrishnan. The movie, released on 30 January 2014 in India, stars S Kanagaraj as Mohandas Gandhi. The movie’s music was written by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Bharat Acharya, and the movie’s plot explores how Gandhi might react if he was still alive and visited modern day India.

Filming for the movie took place over a 40-day period in Chennai during 2012, and was produced on a budget of ₹3 crore. After a 60 year absence, Gandhi (S Kanagaraj) returns to India to resume his Satyagraha Movement. While there, he must deal with the various social, economical and political issues that exist within the country.


‘Gandhi Pirantha Mann’ is a 1995 film directed by R Sundarrajan. The film features Vijayakanth, Revathi, and Ravali in lead roles. The film, produced by Tamil Fathima, had musical score by Deva and was released on 21 July 1995. It was also dubbed in Telugu as ‘Rowdy Nayakudu’.

The name of Vijayakanth’s character in the film is Gandhi and he wants to abolish caste system. The film’s score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Deva. The soundtrack, released in 1995, features six tracks with lyrics written by Gangai Amaran and R. Sundarrajan.


‘Aayudham Seivom’ is a 2008 movie directed by Udhayan starring Sundar C, Anjali, Vivek, Manivannan, Napoleon, and Vijayakumar. It was released in 2008. Gandhi Museum in Madurai is an integral part of the flick and Nassar played a Gandhian.

The movie’s story revolves around Sathya, who has little respect law. The death of a social activist Udhayamoorthy (Vijayakumar) changes his life. To expose the villain, he adopts Gandhian principles of nonviolence and peaceful satyagraha. Sathya sits near the Gandhi statue and follows his examples of nonviolence,


Originally titled ‘Gandhi Kanakku’, the film was then renamed as ‘Mahan Kanakku’. The 2011 flick marked the debut of director Sampath Arumugam and it featured Ramana in the lead role. The movie’s plot is set around an anti-heroic protagonist who cheats banks by not paying any loan amount he avails of.


‘Indru Netru Naalai’ is a 2015 science fiction comedy film written and directed by R Ravikumar in his debut feature. The film is jointly produced by Thirukumaran Entertainment and Studio Green, and features Vishnu Vishal and Miya in the lead while Karunakaran, T M Karthik and Jayaprakash play supporting roles. The film received positive reviews from critics and become a box office hit.

The film had a funny reference of Gandhi. Vishnu Vishal and Karunakaran, who are time-travellers, get to see an advertisement in a paper about a company ready to buy rare photos of Gandhi for huge sums. So, they go back in time and capture a snap of the freedom fighter with a digital camera.

By Naveen


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