03 December, 2020

A Grandiose Song For Gandhi

The musical moves from one milestone to the other interspersed with songs and commentary by Boman Irani as the voice of the British Raj.

A Grandiose Song For Gandhi

Gandhi, the Musical
Chirag Vohra, Abhishek Krishnan, Boman Irani.
Writer-Director: Danesh Khambata
Rating: **

When a musical on the life of the Mahatma, the father of this ­nation, is staged, one inevitably goes with some expectations. The tale has been told many times over to you—starting from your school coursebook, government-funded TV programmes on Gandhi Jayanti, even a Hollywood biopic with a Brit playing the Mahatma.

Gandhi, the Musical begins on a high note of a welcome dance. At that moment, it‘s hard to tell whether the motivation for producing this magnum opus was the idea of ‘unique’ experiment—a retelling of a story well known, yet yearning for depth (as there are many complex hues to the mystic legend)—or another chronological compilation of his life and times. By the end of the two and half hours, it is quite obvious that it was...



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