`Dear Friend Hitler` focuses on power of Gandhi`s non-violence

Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 10:46 AM IST

Mumbai: Writer-actor Nalin Singh, who makes his debut with `Dear Friend Hitler`, says the film is not pro-Hitler and rather highlights how Mahatma Gandhi`s ideology of non-violence helps in winning any battle.

`Dear Friend Hitler` is a multi-lingual Indian drama based on the letters written by Gandhi to Adolf Hitler in which the former addresses the Nazi dictator as `Dear Friend`.

"The film shows the clash of two historical personalities - Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler...How these two leaders followed their respective ideologies to solve issues of their countries. Hitler used violence, while Gandhiji believed in non-violence.

The film depicts difference between the ideologies of Gandhi and Hitler and establishes the superiority of Gandhism over Nazism," Singh told reporters in an interview.

The movie has three tracks - Hitler, Gandhi and connecting them the Azad Hind Fauj, he said.

Directed by debutante Rakesh Ranjan Kumar and produced by Anil Sharma, the film stars Raghuvir Yadav as Hitler and Neha Dhupia as his lover Eva Braun.

"Also, other countries must learn from India how non-violence can resolve a problem without blood shed. Its a clash between non-violence and violence. Non-violence, if used properly, is the most deadliest weapon and the best part is that not much blood is shed. It is upon the politicians how they want to project themselves- by using violence which is Hitlerian or by using non-violence that is Gandhian," Singh said.

For instance activist Anna Hazare followed Gandhi`s ideology and won a step into the battle against corruption, he said.

The Ranchi-born scriptwriter will also be seen on the silver screen as Joseph Goebbels who is Hitler`s right hand.

After the successful screening of the movie at the Berlin Film Festival in February this year, 35-year-old said, "It is a plus point that the film is screened at festivals. Also, it would be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival beginning May 11."

The multi-lingual Bollywood offering will be released in eight languages, including German, English, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali.
The film produced by Anil Kumar Sharma under the production house Amrapali media vision is slated to release in May-June.

PTI