On the 75th anniversary of Gandhi's death, actor Kamal Haasan paid tribute to him. Kamal sent a note on Twitter saying that he attempts to follow Mahatma Gandhi. The actor claimed to have kneeled before the nation's founding father. On January 30, 1948, Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi.
காந்தியை நினைக்காமல், அவரது பெயரை உச்சரிக்காமல் ஒருநாளும் என் வாழ்வில் கடந்ததில்லை. முயற்சித்தால் எவரும் காந்தியாக முடியும் என்பதன் சாட்சியாக எத்தனையோ காந்தியர்கள் இன்றைக்கும் இருக்கிறார்கள். காந்தியாக முயல்பவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன். நினைவுநாளில் வணங்குகிறேன்.
It's not Kamal's first time praising Mahatma Gandhi. Kamal discussed his 2000 film Hey Ram with Congressman Rahul Gandhi earlier this month. The movie was based on the death of Mahatma Gandhi. Both Tamil and Hindi versions of the movie were released. Kamal talked openly about how he decided to take on the film and what happened off-camera. He said, "It was my way of saying sorry to my Bapu...
I talk a lot about Gandhi ji now, but it wasn't like that from the beginning. My father was a 'Congressman' but my environment made me a bitter critic of Gandhi ji when I was in my teens. My father said, 'Just read history, you are talking from today.' But today matters is what... He is a lawyer, but he didn't argue with me on this".
He further stated, "Around when I was 24-25, I discovered Gandhi ji on my own and over the years I have exponentially become a fan. To actually correct yourself and say sorry, that's why I made Hey Ram, where I played a parallel assassin, wanting to kill Gandhi ji. As he goes nearer to the person-and the truth-he changes. But it's too late, somebody else does the job that he wanted to do but changed his mind about. That's the story of the film."
Another film about Mahatma Gandhi, named Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh, was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. It was just released in theatres. The movie highlights the conflict between Gandhi's and Nathuram Godse's two conflicting beliefs. Deepak Antani plays Gandhi in the movie.