The film Gandhi has the impact of a well-told love story that gave a warm feeling to the heart and also provided a timeless, simple optimism, one that we’ve been told to avoid by the world’s more affluent people, Sargent major Gandhi silenced the skeptics. So it appeared.
The current issue Commentary’s latest issue Commentary contains a critique of Gandhi that is, like the majority the rest of Commentary’s publication, brutally unreverent, openly combative and exceptionally well-written. Richard Grenier, who has been the journal’s regular movie-goer for just over four years, takes a hammer to the film with great delight.
Grenier is conservative in his political views and unabashedly elitist. His review contains a lot of sniping against Indian or Hindu culture. The majority of the content includes facts drawn from biographies, books and the writings of the true Mohandas K. Gandhi. It doesn’t matter how you interpret it. Grenier believes that the film took several liberties with facts. People who find Gandhi charming captivating, inspirational and inspiring must consider these things:
* The film depicts Gandhi as totally chaste is a bit sloppy in its portrayal of scenes from the real reality of Indian leaders’ young female followers who fought among one another to earn the privilege of sleeping naked alongside Gandhi and hugging him with their arms. This was his method to test his abstinence vow to be ready for battle that demanded moral strength.
It is not mentioned of the daily massages Gandhi offered to young girls as well as the enemas and the nude massages they would give to him every day.
While the film is a true representation of Gandhi’s successful organizing of Indians throughout South Africa against the state’s apartheid laws an important issue that concerns the Africans? The film reveals that Gandhi’s concerns regarding racial discrimination was not only for Indians. In fact Gandhi offered to form an army of Indians to assist those English colonial rulers thwart an African rebel. As a side note it is not clear the way Gandhi (Sergeant-Major Gandhi) earned the War Medal from the British Empire for bravery under attack while aiding in the violent oppression of South African Blacks. |
*The government of India did not just fund one-third of the film through its treasury account, but also the former PM Pandit Nehru and present Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (no connection to Mahatma) together as various Indian officials, provided suggestions regarding the screenplay, script and casting, and then rechecked the final product during the shooting. This could account for the negative light shined upon Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the creator of Pakistan.
* In the time that Gandhi’s wife was suffering by pneumonia British physicians advised him that penicillin shots will cure her. However, Gandhi refused to have the medicine in her body. She passed away.
Then, Gandhi caught malaria and abstained from the treatment used to treat his wife, let doctors save his life by injecting him with quinine. He also permitted British doctors to operate on an appendectomy for his body, a procedure that was alien to him that was never performed before. All of this never did make it onto the screen.
* Concerning the issue of nonviolence, the movie offered only a few paragraph on Gandhi’s views of nonviolence in response to Hitler’s Germany. In actual reality, Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy of India in the days before Britain came back against Nazi could “This manslaughter must stop. If you keep going in this way, it will result in more bloodshed. Hitler isn’t a good man. | Sargent major Gandhi
” The German leader also wrote an email to the British population in general in which he advised that they should “Let them (the Nazis get hold of your beautiful country with your beautiful structures. All you have to do is give them but not your soul or your thoughts.”
* Lastly, according to Grenier in 1941 (with Hitler in full control of Europe and America’s Pacific experience to the east of Pearl Harbor) Gandhi “addressed an open letter addressed to the dark prince his own self, Adolf Hitler .
‘Dear Friend.’ The letter starts with an empathetic appeal to the Foremost to accept all humanity regardless of race, color or religion.’ Incredibly, it’s not widely known if it an influence upon Hitler.” |
* The true Gandhi was a cruel father to his family. The writer wrote of his incomprehensible spouse: “I simply cannot bear to look at the face of Ba. The look is usually like one on an unassuming cow, and gives one the impression that the cow sometimes does when in her unassuming manner, she’s speaking something.” He was not interested in educating his sons, commanded the boys to avoid sexual contact, and he disowned his eldest son, Harilal , for warning to marry. His son later took on Gandhi through print media, and later converted to Islam and later died as alcohol-dependent.