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Gandhi II

List of artistic depictions of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gujarati: મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી, मोहनदास करमचंद गांधी, IAST: mohandās karamcand gāndhī, ) (October 2 1869January 30, 1948) was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha — the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence — which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known in India and across the world as Mahatma Gandhi (Sanskrit: महात्मा mahātmā — "Great Soul") and as Bapu (Gujarati: બાપુ bāpu — "Father"). In India, he is recognized as the Father of the Nation and October 2nd, his birthday, is commemorated each year as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday.

Gandhi has been portrayed in a number of films as well as on the stage. Some of the most notable films include Gandhi (1982), The Making of the Mahatma (1996), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), and Gandhi, My Father (2007).

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Parodies and computer games

Mahatma Gandhi, a symbol of peace and non-violent resistance, has ironically been depicted in most instances of games and parodies in roles which were antithetical to his beliefs.

Computer games

  • Mahatma Gandhi has been featured in the video game series Civilization, as a civilization leader of the Indian Civilization. He has appeared through the first three Civilization games as a lone Civilization leader, but in Civilization IV, Gandhi is a civilization leader alongside Asoka, the famous Indian Emperor.
  • In Celebrity Deathmatch, Gandhi is pitted against Genghis Khan.
  • In the online flash-based game World Domination Battle by Shlubby Interactive, players can select to play as Mahatma Gandhi, called Mahatman Gandij in the game, and battle 12 other world leaders, past and present, for global supremacy.

Parodies

(Warning: Some of these may seem very offensive to supporters and followers of Mahatma Gandhi.)

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  • An award winning Telecom Italia commercial by Y&R, Italy directed by Spike Lee depicts Gandhi broadcasting a speech to the WW2 countries, reaching audiences by using modern methods of communication technology.

Musical Mentions

  • Gandhi is mentioned in Cult of Personality by Living Colour as part of their big cult of personality along with other leaders such as Joseph Stalin.

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