Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh Review: History is what explains the present and gives you an insight into what was and what led to the present. While it is important to look back on history, it is also important to understand and process it in our own way rather than just being host to the opinions of others.
Rajkumar Santoshi has brought to us a case similar and quite well known to any Indian as he’s given to us on a silver platter the conversation that never happened envisioned and presented as how it should’ve taken place. The conversation between Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father Of The Nation with his killer Nathuram Godse who shot him three times killing Gandhiji.
It is important to learn why this harsh step was taken by Nathuram because for people who do not know, he was a man of great ideals and why he did what he did has a completely reasonable explanation and how it is different from that of Gandhiji’s, we see a clash of different ideologies between these two and that’s what we see in the film.
Rajkumar Santoshi’s Film is based on a stage play and being a short film with just 110 minutes of runtime, it offers a whole lot more. With such a powerful and insightful plot to even begin with, it doesn’t waste any time in giving you the scoop and starts right after the Partition when the whole country is in turmoil and millions are being slaughtered in Pakistan and India.
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With a diverse cast that plays key characters in the nation-building from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to B.R Ambedkar, the film moves on from reality to an alternate reality pretty soon after Godse comes to terms with that he needs to kill Gandhiji and there it starts the imaginary journey of Gandhiji who starts another movement and the fruits of that labor get him into prison with Godse, on his request and then starts a clash of ideologies where no hands are raised, just the voices of reason towards each other.
An ideal Godse is presented with Gandhiji’s ideals and towards the end of the film, they realize of themselves is not close to perfect.
Starring Deepak Antani as Gandhiji and Chinmay Manlekar as Godse and even Tanisha Santoshi as a debutant have acted tremendously and there are no points that we can deduct in terms of acting in this film. However, as much as we wish it to be, this isn’t for the masses but for a niche audience, and for that niche audience, this film is like a holy grail.
Final Verdict: 3/5
“A clash of ideologies that you wished for but never got. Well directed, brilliantly acted, and an amazing portrayal of what could’ve been one of the most influential ideological exchanges.”