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Rajkumar Santoshi Comes Back With Directorial Comeback With Gandhi-Godse Ek Yudh, Here Is Review

Nathuram Godse killed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi at Delhi’s Birla House on January 30, 1948. The movie Gandhi Godse – Ek Yudh, which imagines a world in which Godse fails to assassinate Mahatma and the latter decides to confront him, is released in 2023, exactly four days before the same day. On paper, the conflict that follows sounds intriguing (and contentious).

After ten years, Rajkumar Santoshi is making a comeback as a director. His last film, Phata Poster Nikla Hero, was not as successful in drawing audiences to the theatres as Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani was. Given that it releases around the same time as Shah Rukh’s comeback movie, Pathaan, he is back with a movie that is probably only going to appeal to a specific audience. Making a movie like this, in which you discuss the Father of the Nation and his assassin and imagine a world in which the former is still alive, has decided to spend time with the assassin in order to better understand him, and engages in an ideological conflict known as “vichaaron ka yudh,” would present a number of challenges. Godse represents a person who desires a “akhand Hindu rashtra” and feels that a particular community is upsetting the peace. Gandhi, on the other side, stands for unification and is depicted as a man who wants peace to prevail in the country. He believes that Gandhi’s death-bed fast and the necessity of India’s submission to Pakistan are to blame. This is the reason why people in charge had to provide Rs 55 crore to a country that was preparing to attack India. The Bhagwad Gita is demonstrated to be followed by both, yet their interpretations of its lessons are so dissimilar that they represent opposing ideological poles.

The knowledge that Santoshi possessed was necessary to make a film about a subject that was so delicate. He simply combines the two beliefs without stirring up any debate or division. Do any of them ultimately succeed? They learn more about themselves and each other as they identify one other’s weaknesses. Gandhi is not the Mahatma and Godse is not the antagonist in the movie; rather, they are humanised with their own strengths and weaknesses. The plot is oversimplified as a result of this treatment, which also causes the movie to become somewhat sanctimonious and uninteresting.

The alternative reality is oversimplified. A political situation like this cannot just be turned into a Cerelac and fed to the populace. In their efforts to support their positions, Deepak Antani’s Gandhi and Chinmay Mandlekar’s Godse repeatedly emphasise the same point. While the latter is a Hindu rashtra, the former seeks peace. It is too naive and diluted to believe that debates and eye rolls will modify deeply ingrained views that may lead one guy to attempt to assassinate a national leader or another to sit for an indefinite fast in a matter of days. Additionally lacking was the conviction needed to pull off a movie of this calibre.

In terms of the acting, both Chinmay Mandlekar and Deepak Antani are sincere in their portrayals of Gandhi and Godse, respectively. The script, on the other hand, is disappointing. A number of characters, particularly those that were added in the second half of Gandhi’s gramme swaraj effort, are reduced to being mere caricatures. Ishtiyak Khan’s performance made me feel the most depressed. He is a talented actor, but it is terrible to hear him recite lines like “you hatting, tree cutting” (you move so that we can cut the tree). It not only detracts from the movie, but also from any gravitas it tries to establish.

Tanisha Santoshi makes her film debut with this project. She merely portrays the “sisakti huyi naari” who, alongside Mahatma Gandhi, sacrifices her love in order to serve the country. She constantly trembles and cries at every chance she gets. There is so much room for growth, and maybe she will return as a fantastic actress in her subsequent work.

The movie is a valiant but weak attempt. The rating is 2 out of 5.

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