The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

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The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

One of two feuding Mohammedan cousins living in Britain but of Indian origin seek the assistance of an Indian Barrister to travel to Britain and settle their matter in a court of law. The Barrister travels to Britain, and finds that all Asians are treated as coolies, and their status is worse than of servants. Despite of being dressed in a suit and a tie, he is thrown out of a first class train compartment; is asked to remove his cap in a court of law; asked to ride with the driver of the coach; and even shoved out on the footpath for daring to walk close to a bureaucrat's premises; beaten, and abused with no recourse to any justice. His attempts to grieve these issues is met with strong governmental and bureauctatic disapproval and opposition. Notwithstanding this, he settles the dispute between the two cousins out of court, and sets about trying to organize the local Asians to assert their rights, and even represents some of them in Court. Then he journeys to Durban, South Africa, ...
South Africa
India
IMDb  6.9 /10
Creators
Director Shyam Benegal
Writer Fatima Meer
Information
Release Date1996-04-26
Runtime2h 24mins
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyNational Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
CountrySouth Africa, India
LanguageEnglish
Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Kasturba Gandhi
Keith Stevenson
Keith Stevenson
Rustomjee
Paul Slabolepszy
Paul Slabolepszy
Jan Smuts
Himal Devnarain
Himal Devnarain
Cachalia
Strini Pillai
Strini Pillai
Dada Abdullah
Charles Pillai
Charles Pillai
Thambi Naidoo
Harry Escombe
Reverend Baker
Ronny Belcher
Ronny Belcher
West
Lieb Bester
Lieb Bester
Boer Coach Leader
Douglas Bristow
Douglas Bristow
Mr. Chamney
David Clatworthy
David Clatworthy
Kallenbach
Paul Ditchfield
Paul Ditchfield
Fowle
Pretoria Jail Superintendent (as Peter Elliot)

The Making of the Mahatma

The Making of the Mahatma is a 1996 joint Indian - South African produced film, directed by Shyam Benegal, about the early life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (also known as Mahatma Gandhi, Great Soul) during his 21 years in South Africa. The film is based upon the book, The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma, by Fatima Meer (who also wrote the screenplay).


Cast

  • Rajit Kapoor as Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • Pallavi Joshi as Kasturba Gandhi
  • Paul Slabolepszy as JC Smuts
  • Sean Cameron Michael as Warder
  • Charles Pillai
  • Keith Stevenson

Awards

  • 1996: National Film Award for Best Actor - Rajit Kapur as Gandhi
  • 1996: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English