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Movie Review Of The Film Gandhi.

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Gandhi Movie ReviewKevin Kumala 1In the film 'Gandhi', Ben Kingsley plays the role of Gandhi himself, in an incredible story pertaining to the life and accomplishments of the "Mahatma", the "Great-Soul". It starts with the young Mohandas, the aspiring lawyer in practice and shows of how a determined and young man grew up to be the modern father and peaceful liberator of India and Pakistan from a Colonial Power. It portrayed how a dedicated and modest young man was able to grow up and inspire the masses to rise against apartheid and foreign domination in South Africa, India and other parts of South East Asia as well.The film expresses Gandhi's principles of none violence in detail through many examples shown and conversations spoken. His campaign of non-cooperation and civil disobedience with no violent resistance at all brought an Empire to its knees and was slowly able to negotiate and all out withdrawal of the foreign authority.As a lawyer, Gandhi first found his 'moral-calling' when he experienced racial discrimination on a working trip to South Africa, then also colonized by the British Empire. Having been educated in Britain and having been associated with the English socially and professionally, he felt puzzled when the train conductor booted him not only to coach-class from first-class, but eventually even out of the train when he asserted his rights. He kept on insisting that he was a lawyer in practice sent by a firm in England. However, to the racist train conductor, Gandhi was just another second-class citizen.This incident motivated Gandhi to first notice the social and economic discrimination in this foreign land, and eventually even back in his own country. He decided to stand up legally to his once so-called peers; however, he was ridiculed and given the perception that he could not affect the way things were. One of his first acts ofKumala 2protest was to burn his identity card in from of British policemen. The headlines of the beatings he and his supporters incurred from the police caught the attention of General Smuts, head-authority in South Africa and also international reporter, Walker (Sheen), who later played many more important roles in shaping public opinion back in America as well as in England where it supposedly mattered. Sheen plays a character that touches on the dilemmas that journalists have to go through while covering certain controversial issues, in this case for instance, civilians and workers being beaten and mistreated one after the other for protesting peacefully against their colonial administrators.By organizing meetings, then mass rallies to ignite the inspiration and realization of the masses to seek a way out of the injustice that they had to live with, Gandhi always tried to promote a peaceful but quick-witted way out. Instead of keeping silent, he demanded reform by passive resistance and eventually after all the beatings and imprisonment of several supporters and himself, the British yielded to the...

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