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His life, our lives

Show townies on their experiences of discovering Gandhi while being a part of films and plays on the Father of the Nation.

entertainment Updated: Oct 02, 2007 12:02 IST

Hindustan Times

Show townies on their experiences of discovering Gandhi while being a part of films and plays on the Father of the Nation.

Darshan Jariwala


Gandhi, My Father

No actor worth his salt, who has portrayed Mahatma Gandhi on screen, can remain untouched by his character in real life. Some of it rubbed on me too. Only after playing , Gandhi I began to value and understand the true meaning of forbearance and compassion. We are so lazy that we tend to find the easy way out for all the problems. But Gandhiji faced it with all his heart and soul.

The character was so powerful that I had to erase Darshan Jariwala, the person, to get into the skin of the character and for this I joined a vipassana (meditation camp) for 12 days. I did a bit of yoga too and lost weight to look like Gandhiji.

Joy Sengupta

Sammy! The word that broke an empire


This play surely helped me in rediscovering things that I had always believed in as a child. Thanks to all that research I did for my role I could back to my real idealist self. The play was an overwhelming experience. I've learnt to live in this world without any form of projudice. I'd say it's important for all of us to live peacefully. By which I mean, we need to get rid of all kinds of egos and should start thinking about others as well.

Lilette Dubey


Sammy! The word that broke an empire (play)

<b1>I discovered Gandhi and then Gandhi helped me in discovering something I had in myself. Things have changed after I directed a play on Gandhi


! After this play, I've started thinking that there is another way to deal with difficult situations.


has altered the way I look at things. Such is Gandhi's magnetism that it's impossible for anyone to not get influenced by him. The best about the play is that there is no hero worship in it.

Gandhi, as shown in the play, is vulnerable, human but with a great sense of humour and conviction.


shows that we all have it in us to do extraordinary things. All we need to do is discover it and push ourselves a little bit.

Feroze Abbas Khan


Gandhi, My Father

I was scared while casting Gandhi. From Ben Kingsley to Nitin Ganatra, I'd thought of everyone. However, I was in London screen testing for the character of Gandhi and Darshan Jariwala's name came to me. He was fatter than what the character demanded.

Beyond looks and body language, he also had to feel like Gandhi. Then he was handed over to Anil (Kapoor) for physical training. He managed to lose 10 kgs. Another advantage was that he is a Gujarati himself, so he was familiar with the culture, background and has the body language required for the character.

Rajkumar Hirani






We had auditioned many actors, including Naseeruddin Shah and Surenotra Rajan, who had played Gandhi in Rajkurnar Santoshi's






. Naseer was interested but he got busy with with


. Then Delip Prabhalkar came along. We sent Dilip's pictures to the guy who had done Ben Kingsley's rnake-up and he approved.

My brief to Dillip was that he should stop aping Gandi


, just be himself because the attire was enough to suggest whom he was playing.

(Compiled by Bhawna Gera, Princy Jain and Itee Dewan)

First Published: Oct 02, 2007 11:27 IST

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