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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gandhi on Zee Classic on 13th and 15th August 2016

If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

With its proposition of 'WohZamaanaKareDeewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres

One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, RohiniHattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is thatof an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi', this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!


1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on big screen.

2016: AshutoshGowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.

Mahatma Gandhi

1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.

2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.

Kasturba Gandhi

1982: RohiniHoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

2016:Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.

General Dyer

1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous JallianwalaBagh massacre.

2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.

Jawahar Lal Nehru

1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.

2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.

Sardar Patel

1982:Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.            

2016: PareshRawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982:AlyquePadamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history

2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.

Lord Mountbatten

1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.

2016:The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard!

Tune-in to Zee Classic to watch Richard Attenborough directed ‘Gandhi’ on this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM


Given above is the detailed press release of Zee Classic which is going to air "Gandhi" the  masterpiece by Sir Richard Attenborough on 13th and 15th August 2016 . 

"Gandhi "  was is and has been an iconic character a symbol of strength , grit determination and will power a person who forced a foreign power to leave our country and give us our independence that too without any bloodshed . 

As mentioned , and discussed in the release suppose the same movie  was made today then which actor would play which role and I think the options put forth by the ZEE people is very befitting . All the actors mentioned are capable of  doing full justice to the respective roles given to them . 

But I would suggest some some more alternatives if the desired ones would be unavailable 
Gandhi---Anupam Kher , Annu Kapoor 

Kasturba ----Dipika Padukone , Supriya Pathak 
Nehru------Saurabh Dubey , Dalip Tahil 

The director of course will have to be Ashutosh Gowariker because he understands History like no one else . 

Whatever the scene with Gandhi made in 2016 and whenever its release ---the Gandhi made in 1982 is th best we have , the best by all standards , excellent direction excellent portrayal of their respective roles by all the actors ---why else would the film be the winner of eight Academy Awards ( Oscars) . 

This movie has the capacity to haunt you for days one forgets the real persons and how they looked
in fact to me Ben Kingsley is Gandhi ji  Nehru ji looks like Roshan Seth  and Sardar Patel like Sayeed Jaffrey while Jinnah is Alyque Padamsee --so natural was their acting and so strong the direction . 

I am waiting eagerly for the 13th and 15th of August to watch this movie on both the days as I have seen it at least 6 times before never tiring always eager and attentive . 

I must thank ZEE Classic for deciding to show this movie because it is a must for every generation and every person specially every Indian to see it as many times as possible and refresh ones memory regarding the great man ,  his greatness , his friends his followers his critics and the conditions prevalent during his times Because it is a very good depiction of the times and circumstances and the visual media  is a very important and powerful medium of expression and impression . 

This movie is capable of igniting the feeling of patriotism in every Indian young or old . th link to this post


  1. Yes , every 15th Aug & 26 Jan Tiranga , Border , LOC kargil and Gandhi became hot fav. of every movie channel . Playing them in a loop

    1. Jainchandresh

      and all those are good Patriotic movies creating the feeling of patriotism ---thanks for the visit

  2. its a classic and not sure if it can be remade...