A friendly reminder not to take our independence for granted and not to forget the countless sacrifices it took to earn the independence.
Forget everything good or bad you have heard about Gandhi My Father. Saw it yesterday, and I must say that it is extremely well made and offers a mostly accurate account of Gandhiji's relationship with his oldest son. I do not see why there is so much controversy surrounding this, though. Yes, I appreciate gray areas and understand that not everything is black and white, but moviewatchers should realize, before blaming Gandhiji from the outset, that Harilal, although 'ignored' much like any son would be of a father who was successful in changing the world map, had a significant role in his own undoing.
We get out of something what we put into it. That in a nutshell describes Gandhiji's relationship with not only Harilal, but the rest of his family as well. I sure am glad that I had read the Mahatma's own writings before watching this, because they sure seem to back it up.
Watch this with an open mind, and I think you will come out appreciating even more the sacrifices that were inherent in Gandhi's quest to obtain Swaraj for Hindustan. The historic footage that is integrated within the film is well-timed. We even see Pandit Nehru's addresses when: 1) India gains independence, and 2) the Mahatma is assassinated.
Akshaye Khanna as Harilal is excellent. Darshan Jariwala does well, although he does not sound like the Gandhi we are accustomed to seeing on screen (as in Ben Kingsley). Shefali Shah is brilliant Kastoor, and Bhumika Chawla is good as Gulab, Harilal's wife.
Movie Rating: 3.75/5 (VERY GOOD!)
My Classification: U/G
Watch it if: you appreciate movies that force you to think and think hard, and are impressed by the Mahatma Gandhi. I think that, contrary to popular opinion, you will be even more impressed by his search for truth.
Official website: http://www.gandhimyfather.erosentertainment.com/