Dear Friend Hitler, a forthcoming film has been re-titled as Gandhi to Hitler — in the Indian cut. “The Indian cut will go with the name Gandhi to Hitler, but we may still go ahead with Dear Friend Hitler for the International version,” says Dr Anil Sharma, the producer of film, Dear Friend Hitler.
The original title derived from the two letters, Gandhi wrote to Adolf Hitler to try and prevent World War II from happening. “The film propagates Gandhi’s principles of Ahimsa to promote world peace in today’s problem time,” says Anil Sharma. “In fact there are no enemies in Gandhism. Gandhism believes in converting the opponents mind through peaceful methods, whereas Hitler’s concept believes in eliminating the enemy itself and there are no winners in a war,” added CEO and lyricist of the movie, Pallavi Mishra. “An online poll was conducted in which majority of the Indians favoured the title Gandhi to Hitler,” Nalin says. Also, after Anna Hazare’s successful peaceful protest against corruption, Ghandhigiri is back. So it was advisable to have more of Gandhi and less of Hitler in the title.