Gandhi Film Analysis
Towards the end the movie, Gandhi is laying down on his bed, weak, and unable to move. He has vowed to fast until the fighting between the Muslims and Hindus has subsided. A man comes to see him, and confesses that he has killed a boy and that he is going to hell. Gandhi simply responds with “Why?” The man responds by saying that the Muslims have killed his own son, and that anger caused him to get revenge. Gandhi, unfazed, says that he knows a way out. He tells the man to find a Muslim boy whose parents have died, and raise him as his own. The man falls to Gandhi’s feet in a sign of respect as he cries. At this moment we realize that although we have seen Gandhi as just a human being in the film all along, the Indian people saw him as a godlike figure.
The movie begins with Gandhi’s assassination, before going back to the early stages of Gandhi’s life. It shows how he was inspired to fight for the rights of the Indians in South Africa using nonviolence. After being fairly successful in South Africa, he turns to India as he realizes that Indians have been made second-class citizens in their own country. He begins a program of civil disobedience in India that the British cannot ignore any longer. The British even deal with it violently as the Amritsar Massacre and a shattering scene where nonviolent protestors are beaten are depicted in the film. Eventually the British do leave, leaving the nation divided by religion. The epic film ends with Gandhi trying to bring peace to India, before it shows his assassination again, followed by his funeral.
“Gandhi” is not a film with a moral and happy ending, but a film with sadness and tragedy. The movie ends with the life of Gandhi’s, which can almost be argued ended of a broken heart. We never get to see the India that Gandhi wanted to see. We knew all along that India would be divided, and maybe even realized that it for the best Gandhi never got to see that permanently happen....
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