Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara
Director: Jahnu Barua
Producer: Anupam P. Kher
Cast: Anupam P. Kher, Urmila Matondkar, Parvin Dabas, Rajit Kapur, Boman Irani, Sudhir Joshi, Raju Kher, Vishwaas Paandya, Prem Chopra and Waheeda Rehman
Music: Bappi Lahiri
Cinematography: Raaj A. Chakravarti
Screenplay: Sanjay Chouhan
If you want to watch quality film then Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara is the ideal film for you. The film makes a deep impact on your mind and actor-producer Anupam Kher and director Jahnu Barua's have succeeded in presenting a brilliant film. But what goes against the film is that it is not meant for the masses. The film will appeal only to a handful of people. At best, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara will be remembered more for Anupam Kher's bravura performance than the experience in totality!
Professor Uttam Chaudhary [Anupam Kher] is a retired Hindi teacher who lives with his daughter Trusha [Urmila Matondkar] and son Addy [Addy] in Mumbai. He is suffering from brief periods of forgetfulness, blanks in memory. Little does anyone realize that the problems are much deeper and that this is just the beginning of a journey that will end in a man becoming a prisoner of his mind.
As his memories start to fade, a childhood trauma surfaces -- a memory of being accused of murdering Mahatma Gandhi. Amidst all this, Chaudhary's daughter is a positive force, the only lifeline that can save her father from drowning in the universe his mind is creating.
The first half of the film is brilliant and gripping. The director makes you experience a cinema that's refreshingly different, realistic, unadulterated. However the pace drops post-interval especially in the court-room scenes. The climax is most inappropriate and too far-fetched. Yes, a path-breaking subject deserves an equally different conclusion, but the finale is difficult to absorb.
Performance-wise, the film completely belongs to Anupam kher. Urmila Matondkar is superb as the caring daughter. Rest of the cast lend able support. Bappi Lahiri's background music is soothing. Raaj A. Chakravarti's camerawork is topnotch. On the whole, if you like watching meaningful films then go for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara. At the box office the film might not do very good.