Featuring Gandhi. We see him distantly through the crowd.
The brown, wiry figure cloaked only in loincloth and shawl,
still weak from his last fast and moving without his customary
spring and energy as he is supported by his two grand nieces,
his "walking sticks," Manu and Abha.
We do not see him clearly until the very last moment -- only
glimpses of him as he smiles, and exchanges little jokes
with some of the crowd and the two young women who support
him, occasionally joining his hands together in greeting to
someone in particular, then once more proceeding with a hand
on the shoulder of each of the girls.
The camera keeps moving closer, and the point of view is
always Godse's, but Gandhi is always in profile or half
obscured by the heads and shoulders of those in front. We
hear the occasional click of a camera, and we intercut with
shots of Godse moving tensely up through the crowd, of Apte
and Karkare on the periphery of the crowd, watching with
sudden fear and apprehension, like men paralysed by the
presence of danger.
Featuring Godse. He slides through to the very front rank.
His breathing is short and there is perspiration around the
sides of his temples. And now, for an instant we see Gandhi
close from his point of view. He is only a few steps away,
but turned to speak to someone on the other side, and Manu
half obscures him.