Gandhi, My Father
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Filmmaker Feroz Khan explores the tragedy of a man who transformed the soul of a nation, but could not provide salvation for his own flesh and blood. Mahatma Gandhi was known in life as "The Great Soul" -- the "Father of a Nation." But while Gandhi's peaceful form of civil disobedience led India to independence and inspired civil rights movements across the globe, his eldest son, Harilal, was wandering the streets of India destitute and conflicted. His father's identity the bane of his existence, Harilal converted to Islam as an act of rebellion, reconverted back to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Classy production values and a textured lead performance by Darshan Jariwala are undercut by a lack of real drama in Gandhi My Father."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"promising concept ends up devolving into the ordinary"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Jariwalla and Khanna's competent performances, and Khan's simplistic screenplay fail to grip and elevate this from an average to an exceptional piece of cinema."
‑ Jaspreet Pandohar,
"There's nothing here to seriously damage Gandhi Sr's reputation; if anything, he is made more human."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"A long-distance trek with refreshment breaks."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"It's a beautifully shot and staged period reconstruction, and is at times impressively acted, at least in the secondary roles. What it lacks is fresh insight."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"Gandhi, My Father weakly opts for lionization at precisely the moment it should go in for the killshot."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Decently acted but ponderous in places."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"An insight into the flawed nature of a great man."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A worthy subject and a great looking film, tragically let down by a major lack of pacing and focus."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"Moving, credible and tragic."
‑ Anil Sinanan, Time Out
"It's overlong and repetitive, but it impressively gives us a full-bodied portrait of the icon."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A film at odds with itself."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Melodrama is milked at every conceivable point."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Debut director Feroz Abbas Khan adapts his hit play Mahatma v/s Gandhi for the screen with mixed results."
‑ Naman Ramachandran, Total Film
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