Mahatma: Life of Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”

This is the first complete audio-visual documentary biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. All events and principles of Gandhi’s life and thought are viewed as integrated parts of his truth-intoxicated life depicting permanent and universal values and not merely as stray events of history.

The purpose of the film is to tell the present and the future generations “that such a man as Gandhi in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”, to acquaint them with his life and work and to spread his message of peace and universal brotherhood to the war-weary and fear-stricken world – a message that is bound to endure and grow in the understanding of man.

In accordance with this aim, it was tried to translate Gandhi’s ideas in celluloid which involved many years of deep research and hard labour. The film brings together a mass of visual record not only of 78-year life of Gandhi but also of an important period of India’s history.

“No man can write a real life of Gandhi”, wrote Jawaharlal Nehru, “unless he is as big as Gandhi”.
If it is difficult to write a biography of Gandhi, perhaps it is more difficult to prepare a biographical documentary film of his life – that too under all kinds of limitations.
Every possible attempt is made to see that the film remains documentary in the full sense of the term. The aim of the film being education and not entertainment, there is no attempt at dramatization of those exciting times. The story is told with an eye to truthful documentation of the main events within the limits of available documentary visual material. It is hoped that though no attempt is made at embellishment, truth itself stated, as far as possible, in Gandhi’s words in all its dignity and simplicity would convey the message to the audience with directness and precision characteristic of Gandhi’s utterances and writings. (Excerpt from website)

 

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