Name: Gandhi Godse A War
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Launch: Chinmay Mandlekar
Rating: 2 / 5
National Award-winning filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi returns to directing after 10 years with Gandhi Godse Ek War, a story based on conflicting ideologies. The film is a fictional narrative centering on Mahatma Gandhi, who survived an attack by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, and shortly after recovering from him, expresses his wish to meet the latter in prison. Despite Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s efforts, Godse refused to accept Gandhi’s views. However, after some time, the two share the same prison cell, where the two engage in various debates and brainstorming, each trying to understand the other’s point of view. If they finally get to that point, it’s for you to see on film.
What works best for me in Gandhi Godse Ek War is the visual presentation of the film, and all credit must go to director Rajkumar Santoshi, cinematographer Rishi Punjabi and production designer Dhananjay Mondal. The few long shot scenes shot in the jail and the village sequences are beautifully packaged.
Also, the first half of the movie takes you on a rollercoaster ride that starts with intrigue, then some questions, then some confusion, and by the time it reaches the tipping point, it becomes clear what the movie is trying to do. Reception. This transition, while not the best form of storytelling, keeps you hooked on the subject. Rajkumar Santoshi’s script manages to hook you in the first 60 minutes, but the movie falters in the second half. More on this in the next section. AR Rahman’s background score helps enhance the scenes, which struggle to make an impact on their merits. The final message is also really cool and important.
What doesn’t work?
About 30-40 minutes into the interval, which doesn’t work for me, which seemed like an unnecessary stretch. Here the filmmaker tries to explain and elaborate the nature and point of view of the two central characters of him, although this part could have been cut in 10 minutes. Rajkumar Santoshi and editor A Shrikar Prasad Gandhi Godse could have focused a bit more on sharpening the second half of a war.
Also, the overall script feels a bit stretched, not only in terms of run time, but also in the scope of the story itself. The dialogues written by Asgar Wajahat and Rajkumar Santoshi are also forgettable.
Deepak Antani really won your heart with his performance as Mahatma Gandhi. Throughout the film, his performance is subtle but extremely impactful. For me it’s the highlight of the whole movie. Chinmay Mandlekar is equally impressive as Nathuram Godse. He has delivered a very controlled performance and has maintained it throughout the project. Pawan Chopra is excellent as Jawaharlal Nehru while the rest of the cast also plays him in the T.
Overall, the movie has some memorable performances, but it lets it down with a weak script and long story.
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