The mere idea to bring something like ‘Gandhi to Hitler’ alive on screen by makers is worthy of applause. But the admiration lives up only till the conceiving stage, for this low-budget quickie fails to impress, and going by the first rushes is sure to be consigned to the dustbins of movie history.
`Gandhi to Hitler` takes audiences back to 1939. A world plagued with unrest and upheaval. The plot revolves around conflicting ideologies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
It becomes incredibly complex for viewers to grasp as to what the film is trying to tell?
It appears like Mahatma Gandhi’s efforts in the film with his followers is trying to add real value to the film, the focus seems to be shifting on painting a rather sympathetic, human portrait of the Nazi dictator, through letters written by Bapu to Hitler.
Apart from that there’s Hitler’s love story which again seems like a cavalier disregarded by history and the viewer’s sensibilities.
Needless to say, the film tries to establish a superiority of Gandhism over Nazism, thereby giving the message of world peace. As if it was least expected!
However, director Rakesh Ranjan has made a brilliant effort in terms of character regeneration of Adolf Hitler played by Raghuvir Yadav and that of Mahatma Gandhi essayed by Avijit Dutt.
Hitler`s mistress Eva Braun (Neha Dhupia), trusted associate Joseph Goebbels (Nalin Singh, co-producer and writer of the film), Magdalena Goebbels (Nikita Anand) and architect and Reich minister Albert Speer (Nasir Abdullah), among a host of others, float around the bunker (which suspiciously looks like the Garhwal Himalayas and the Punjab countryside as stand-ins for sundry European locations) as if life is one big party until the lights finally go out.
The set is lofty no doubt but the credence of genuineness goes to exemplary editing work.
Over all, ‘Gandhi to Hitler’ would need a very patient audience.