Gandhi: The Silent Gun
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi, the man of the millennium, according to a BBC poll, was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. No doubt, he was one of the greatest existences of this world but often we tend to forget that he was a normal human being too, who sacrificed almost everything for an independent India.
This film is a piece of fiction, where a stranger comes to meet Gandhi, a night before his assassination and questions Gandhi’s ideology of ‘truth’ and ‘non-violence’, which is primarily based on theories derived from the revered Hindu holy book ‘Bhagawad Gita’.
The visitor not only nullifies Gandhi’s contributions and efforts for Indian independence but also blames him for all the woes and damages suffered by India and its people due to partition. He accuses Gandhi of making his countrymen suffer because of his blind faith in ‘truth’ and ‘non-violence’. Both Gandhi and the stranger are ardent believers of Bhagawad Gita and use the same scripture to interpret the same situation differently.
This could also said to be the beauty of both the Hindu faith that allows you to see truth in many different ways and of the two men in question whose understanding and intelligence is amazingly inspiring and thought provoking.