Every person has his own way, his own lucky star, and his destination in this life. But nevertheless, a human stays a human no matter what he or she faces and what problems copes. All outstanding persons stayed just simple men no matter how greatly they influenced the people’s lives and the whole world. I think Socrates, Buddha, and Muhammad were just simple people with their own problems and happiness; all of them were just normal people with arms and legs. But from the other point of view each of them was unique and wonderful person. Gandhi was one of such people. He didn’t tell anybody something new, he didn’t find out a new formula of happiness, he didn’t tell people what was allowed and what was not, he was just the way he was, he was always with people and he went through everything with them. With people he went through all the abuses and beatings, hunger and triumph. He never let consciousness get substituted by the anger and hatred .He was always for people and with people, he was an example for them and showed them what the truth was, how powerful it could be and what love could do. He had a peace in his soul and his silent decisive gave the strength to fight to 350 million people. He was very religious and his religion was love to people.
Almost about every charismatic or key-person in a history a movie has been shot. The Gandhi’s story was also acted. This movie is about little body that was full of energy and nobility. He was not just energetic, he was full of energy and from the first scene in the movie it can be seen, when he talked to a band of hooligans and said to them that there was enough place to everybody in the block. But the reason why the fight for the freedom began wasn’t just a band of hooligans, there were lots of them, even still there are everywhere. Gandhi was perturbed by social inequality that was not only on the territory of India, but also on the territories where Hindus lived. So he decided to act and burned his pass. That was the first step to the independency of the country.
In the movie the life, his role in the fight for freedom in India and key points in this fight, also some political points of view of Gandhi are described in a short way, because it’s almost impossible to tell everything about this person and all his deeds in one film that lasts hours. Many-many books had to be read in order to make a full movie with all proved facts. That is why the director had to sacrifice something. For example the end of the movie was kind of blurred. The movie doesn’t mention the fact of the uprising of the sailors in the Navy that was a signal that the situation of the Englishmen was getting worse. There was a mistake about Jinnah: her statement of her intention to fight for Pakistan was made in 1940. In one of the film review it was said that “Gandhi movie also misses the proper antagonist that is very important for any drama”. That is also true. And in general the history of India was a little simplified. And the British people were represented by such a fiction and clueless bureaucrats. But all these are just trifles, for just an ordinary person that all doesn’t matter. The most important was to show who had turned the country, where for many decades under the leadership of the Queen people lived and died, into the civil society. It was shown that that great person taught weak people to fight for their rights and to make their own decisions about what life to chose and what rules to follow. In the film the conception of nonviolence is represented by Gandhi. He wasn’t the one who discovered it(it has been written already in bible) and he kept saying that he just borrowed this term form the holy book, but he was the first one who brought this idea to the political arena. Moreover he made nonviolence as a key point of his political program. He knew that the powerful and well –armed army couldn’t be defeated with the weapon (in that case all the freedom fighters turn into the armed separatists). Gandhi didn’t want for India the freedom that was got with a help of weapon, deaths and blood. He taught people that all aims and the highest ideals could be reached without violence. When the enemy couldn’t be defeated with the power, it could be defeated morally. The main political message of the film which Gandhi declared was Satyagraha and ha said no to partnership with colonialists. They were against the weapon, because he thought that man’s life is a highest value.
When he died, all his property was his clothes, several books, glasses and a staff. He got lots of money from people around, but nothing took for himself. There were and still there are lots of questions about who Gandhi was-the holy man who came to politic, or just smart politic who understood that India needed a holy man. To my mind he was a first of the entire great politician, meanwhile he was a dreamer. His politic was right. They would never win the Britain with a gun; the only right decision was to fight them with the moral superiority. And in the end I would like to cite one of the critics: “What is important about this film is not that it serves as a history lesson (although it does) but that, at a time when the threat of nuclear holocaust hangs ominously in the air, it reminds us that we are, after all, human, and thus capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements, simply through the use of our imagination, our will, and our sense of right”. I completely agree, we live in such a world that does need such kind of film, film that reminds us that there is something more in the world and in us that could change it for better.
1)Antulov, Dragan(1998). Gandhi(1982)[Review of the film Gandhi]. Antulov’s Reviews. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/reviews/162/16238.html
2)Ebert,Robert(1982, January 1). Gandhi[Review of the film Gandhi].Ebert’s Reviews. Retrieved from http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/gandhi-1982
3) Attenborough, R. (Producer&Director).(1982).Gandhi(Motion Picture). USA: Columbia Pictures