Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005)



\”Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara”, is a must watch for those people who like to see experimental and different films which rely on more on content than hype or glamour. It is a very well directed and a very well acted film, which is surely not to be missed. At the box-office the film might fail to do good business, but then it would not be unexpected.  But such a different and daring subject has little appeal for the masses !! When I started watching movie, my concentration was all diverted on the amazing and marvellous performance by Anupam  Kher and Urmila.  On the first thought, my first reaction was – \”Is he really acting ?\” , it looked so natural !


The movie is about the Prof. (Anupam Kher) who is a gentle,  scholarly, brilliant man who shares a very warm relationship with his children. In the midst of their heartwarming interactions, we start noticing something going wrong..the Professor starts forgetting things..minor things in the beginning, getting on to bigger incidents like forgetting he is retired, forgetting his wife has been dead for two years…it soon becomes apparent that he isn’t just forgetful and that his condition cannot just be attributed to old age, and perhaps it is a serious disorder like Dementia.

Professor slowly starts losing touch with reality, with his behaviour getting more and more bizarre…….. and ultimately, his two children see him crouching under his bed, holding a whole bunch of paper clippings, declaring – ’’Maine Gandhiji ko nahin maara’’.  (This is one of THE best scene in the movie)


Anupam Kher gives the best performance of his lifetime, ever. Such a difficult role was not so easy for anyone to perform. Probably Amitabh or Nasiruddin Shah are the only ones I can think who can do a similar role but it would be unfair to make comparisions. 

He excels in the scenes in which he shows his guilt of killing a man as gentle as Gandhi. Especially he shines in the scene where he hides under the bed due to guilt of killing Gandhi and in the second half,in the courtroom scenes, too he is excellent. Anupam Kher deserves a pat on his back, not only for giving such a wonderful performance but also for producing a film of this kind. Anupam Kher is BRILLIANT as Professor Uttam Chaudharyto me this IS the finest acting performance of the yearThe actor doesn’t slip up even once and gives the most credible performance of a mental illness that I’ve ever seen..including Hollywood movies. 

Urmila Matondkar (daughter) is brilliant once again. She is truly an actress who believes in quality more than quantity. The quality of films she has been doing since last two to three years is excellent. Each new release of hers has the actress attempting different kind of role but with equal brilliance. Urmila, after Pinjar and Tehzeeb, hands in yet another wonderful, intense performance. Whether it is her anguish at her father’s deterioration, her frustration and anger at him when he ’’lets her down’’ in front of her prospective in-laws, or the betrayal she feels when her fiance marries some one else… she is absolutely on the money in terms of conveying her emotions 

Boman Irani as the sharp and clever lawyer is fantastic,once again. He has been proving his ability right from \”J dot Asthana\” of Munnabhai to \”Natubhai\” of Waqt 

Jahnu Barua is a director to watch out for. The director has managed to make a very different, original yet a very gripping film. From the very beginning of the film, when you are introduced to the retired professor and his family till the interval when the professor starts losing his memory and from there to the second half when the professor is humiliated and his daughter supports him, the film succeeds in holding the viewers interest. The first half is executed brilliantly and the second half has some really interesting and well acted moments. There is lots of drama in the second half,which will keep the viewers interest alive.

I am not sure, may be it would be a mere co-incidence but my blog has suddenly seem to have changed to Gandhi Blogs. Hope I find something more diverse than just Gandhi.

Btw, I forgot to mention, there is nothing in this movie about Gandhi or Nathuram. Its just a drama and purely original script (I guess) about a happy family and a old man suffering from serious mental illness.

Shah | Nirav


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