If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

Some movies should be viewed again and again. There’s something wonderful about revisiting a classic. With its proposition of ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, 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, Rohini Hattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is that of 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 10 PM, 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: Ashutosh Gowarikar 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: Rohini Hoattangadi, 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 Jallianwala Bagh 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: Paresh Rawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982: Alyque Padamsee 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

Gandhi on Zee Classic

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9 thoughts on “If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

  1. I went and checked out the director and all the actors on imdb. Tom Alter and Rajat Kapoor did not have very much info, so I Googled them to find out more. I wish we had better access to Bollywood films here.

  2. Praise you and Bless you for putting the spotlight on this fantastic, forever life changing movie of Gandhi with Ben Kingsley. How intense was the movie, how heart lifting and soul lifting. Here is a man who devoted his whole life to raising up the lives of people, his life was on the line and the photo of him with the saying: My Life is my Message, is perfect. Today, right now, we need his strength to lift all brothers in pain and sorrow. We ARE all part of The Family of Man. We shouldn’t be fighting. We must stop these wars. We must put Gandhi deep into our hearts and walk in PEACE giving Peace of Mind to all we touch.
    I’m an artist and know that millions need to be able to pick up their paint brushes to paint more beauty to fill this world with colors that expand the heart. Bless you and Keep YOU!

    • Love and appreciate your thoughts. Agree with you that we need more people like Gandhi to lift people up. Thanks for dropping by, Allison and wishing you the very best in everything you do! 🙂

  3. I remembered watching this movie in our nearby theatres and was so much in awe with Kingsley and Rohini. It was a powerful movie and till today I have a lovely memory of the impact. Agree with you Aamir Khan is perfect and Kajol is my favourite and am sure she will live the role, and also agree with other choices of saif, paresh, irfan and rajat kappoor all fit in well.

    • I first watched this movie in school and then years later on television. It’s truly an iconic movie. Watching the new age actors in this legendary movie would be interesting, isnt it!

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