Tuesday, August 07, 2012

‘And Gandhi goes missing’: Irony to the core


Some films are short, yet create a lingering impact on the viewers. Despite their 20 minute duration, they tend to leave the audience stunned with their powerful message. An impression that is left deeper than a three hour film one is usually accustomed to.

Quite a few movies were made with Mahatma as a protagonist. They were mostly based on his life and his movement towards freedom. What makes G.K.Desai's ‘And Gandhi goes missing’ unique is the entire approach to exhibiting Gandhi’s principles in a subtle yet intense manner.

The film’s background is set in the rural village school of Maharashtra. Sadashiv Godse alias Sada (Shreyas Paranjpe) is a happy go lucky school boy and enjoys the company of his best friend Sunil Damle alias Sunya(Soham Kadam). One day a new History teacher ( Kamlesh Sawant) is introduced to the class. While getting to know the names of the students, the master frowns on hearing Sada’s name. Much to the bafflement of the boy, he is made to sit in the last bench.

During one lesson on Mahatma Gandhi, the history teacher reveals the name of the great leader’s assassin as Nathuram Godse. All eyes turn towards Sada in an accusing manner as the latter cringes with confusion and embarrassment. Hounded by questions regarding his relations to the killer, Sada rushes home in despair. On questioning his parents, he realizes that his sole connection the assassin was nothing more than just a common and coincidental surname. With relief, he eagerly rushes to school to share this news only to fall prey to the most unexpected turn of events that leaves one bleeding with emotions.

And Gandhi goes missing explores the prejudice vastly prevalent in our country. It makes one realize how one negative impression can set a chain reaction enabling the mass to turn against an innocent individual such as the boy here. The film displays irony in every aspect. Education which is supposed to enlighten others causes a plunge into darkness due to some inexplicable judgement stance.  While Gandhi is revered and respected, his principles were failed to be incorporated. What is taught in classrooms is unfortunately not implemented in reality causing bloodshed and wounds.

Kiran Motion Pictures manages to capture the soul of the film in a commendable manner. The original concept by G.K.Desai and good direction by Devendra Shivaji Jadhav is weaved and exhibited in a flawless way, evoking varied emotions from the viewers. Its stupendous execution helps it obtain the honor of being the Official Selection for The Indian Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. The film will be screened on 16th August, 2012.


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