Gandhi My Father

Synopsis: Mohandas was born in the Gujarati speaking family, had several brothers who jointly owned property in Rajkot. At the age of 13 Mohandas married Kasturba. On attaining maturity he re-located to England, became a Barrister, returned home, and together with Kasturba re-located to South Africa. They returned to India for a few years and this is where they became parents of four sons: Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas and Devdas. Subsequently, the family returned to South Africa, leaving Harilal alone. As Harilal did not do well in his studies he got married to Gulab without his parents' blessings. Mohandas then invited Harilal to South Africa and on his Secretary's request also invited Gulab, who had recently given birth to a daughter, Rami. Harilal wanted to be a Barrister like his father but found his movements restricted as his father wanted him to actively participate against the Satanist and Racist British regime, leading to Harilal being arrested and imprisoned. Harilal's hopes of becoming a
Director(s): Feroz Abbas Khan
Production: Eros International
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min


Where did you find him? - Outside Grant Road railway station.

Grant Road.

He was unconscious but sometimes he speaks a little.

Did he give his name?


What is your father's name?

Try to speak


Mr. Gandhi.


Mr. Gandhi, can I've a word.


Can I've a word?

Can it wait?

It is urgent.

Well then.

Ramaiyya. Keep the weeds turning.

Yes, Henry.

Here it is.

The heading, read it.

He's dead and burnt.

Do you not find something wrong with this?

He's dead and burnt.


Here we are.

Mr. Gandhi. This is an article I took great pains...

...about the president of South Africa.

My heading was "He's dead and buried".

And what is written here?

He's dead and burnt.

As a Christian...

...this is equivalent to going to hell.

You assured me that you'd personally do the proof reading.

All these sundry people...'ve gathered here.


They've no respect for the detail.

Even for a dead man.

I am sorry, Henry. We'll issue a clarification.

You know, as a Hindu I can understand.

The people at the press believe...

...that all dead, normally find emancipation by burning.

And come to think of it.

When you're dead, you're simply dead.

It's only when you're alive... make all the difference to the world.

In life, life counts... - Mr. Gandhi, please.

Don't condone a serious lapse...

...with religious abstractions.

In the future, I think...

...I will sit right by the printing machine...

...and check all my own articles.


Maybe you can also join us in turning the wheel.

Kastur! Kastur!

Mr. Calinburg. - Yes.

Can you please finish this today?

I will do my best, Mrs. Gandhi.

Thank you.


Out there in that press, do you throw colour on each other?

Not at all...

just black printing ink; we work very hard

and it's hot extremely hot out there

Anyway, there's a letter from Rajkot

From Hari?

How is he? - He is fine, having fun

I erred in my judgement...

...Kastur, shouldn't have left him alone in Rajkot

I warned you, but you wanted him to stay there

to get an education in our mother tongue.

But no school teaches that here

Why go to school for education? He can learn everything here in Phoenix

See, your disciples have arrived

Manilal, Ramdas, Devdas, three sons,

three fine examples of your education

All day, they're working in the fields,

minding the cows, kneading dough,

nursing the sick or singing prayers; what are our children becoming?

You heap worry upon worry

But our children need formal education

Hard work, self control, compassion, selfless service

these are values no school can provide

School teaches learning by rote. It does not build character

I've heard this before

See you later at the prayer meeting, Mr. Gandhi.

By the way, Harilal is getting married


He just informed me. No permission sought

He knows you'd surely object, won't you?

Marriage, at such a young age? What's the hurry?

Well, we got married when we were 13. You were in quite a hurry then

I still regret it. - What!

No, I mean, it was wrong on the part of our parents,

considering our age


It is you who chose Gulab for Hari

You got them engaged four years ago

How long can they wait?

Kastur, you know my views well

Even so,


he insists on marrying against my wishes, then so be it

But I, his father...

must then... stop thinking of Harilal as my son

Look into the camera.


Don't move, please


Your father has not disowned you. He's disappointed, that's all

I don't know, Gulab. I want to educate myself,

to become a barrister, like him. Yet,

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Feroz Abbas Khan

Feroz Abbas Khan is an Indian theatre and film director, playwright and screenwriter, who is most known for directing plays like Mughal-e-Azam, Saalgirah, Tumhari Amrita (1992), Salesman Ramlal and Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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