Gandhi to Hitler – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 29, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma
DIRECTOR – Rakesh Ranjan Kumar
WRITER – Nalin Singh, Rakesh Ranjan Kumar
CAST – Avijit Dutt, Raghuveer Yadav, Neha Dhupia, Aman Verma, Lucky Vakharia, MUSIC – Arvind, Lyton
It is the late1930’s and Germany is about to wreak an unrevocable havoc on Europe. The second WW seems imminent. In contrast with Germany’s struggle for supremacy India is fighting against domination from another imperial power, the British.
Both these historic events became symbolic of ideologies that shaped the face of these nations. At one end of the spectrum was Adolf Hitler, autocrat and fascist. At the other end was Mohandas Gandhi, a leader fighting for Indian independence with his ideologies of truth and non-violence. ‘Gandhi to Hitler’ is about Gandhi’s correspondence to Hitler in an attempt to change his course of action.
Ideological and well-meaning, the film aims to bring about contrasts in philosophies while clearly being sympathetic to Gandhi and his seminal ideology. It does so by contrasting the protagonists in their own spaces. Hitler is shown during his last days in his bunker and Gandhi, striving for India’s freedom. A faction of the Indian army, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s army is returning home after having fought Russia with Germany. At home the wife of the leader of this faction awaits her husband while supporting Gandhiji’s beliefs. Done without a smoothness, this contrast appears fractured as well as shallow.
Not only are these contrasts shallow, but the portrayal of Hitler, Russian and German forces laughable. Raghuveer Yadav’s Hitler wears an over-wrought nervousness that is not terrifying in the least and the fact of all foreign characters being played by Indian actors removes any semblance of historical importance the film might try to invest in. The events are interspersed with a clunky voice-over and black and white footage of WWII but to little effect. The performances lack conviction bringing together a film that is shabby, under-researched and limp in its scale.
The film attempts to send out a powerful message of peace through exploring this part of little-known history. Above applauding the intent there is little of cinematic, philosophical or historical value in this very amateurish and shoddy film.