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Andamans` first NSD graduate readies movie on Gandhiji

Last Updated: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 18:20

Mumbai: As the entire nation remembers the apostle of peace on his birth anniversary tomorrow, the first National School of Drama (NSD) graduate from Andaman and
Nicobar Islands is busy giving final touches to his movie on Mahatma Gandhi.

"My movie on Gandhi is different from the ones made till date as I have shown him as a "thought" and not a being," Naresh Chandra Lal said. "In the film, he is like an `aatma` (soul), which neither dies nor can be killed. Though in his life Gandhiji never visited Andamans, I have shown him visiting the islands after his death, on his birth anniversary and interacting with a group of four children. What happens next is what
`Gandhi-The Mahatma` is all about," he said.
The title role has been essayed by Rajesh Jais, another graduate from the drama school. "I have based the movie in Andamans as in my opinion; the islands are akin to a country, which Gandhi dreamt of." The 56-year-old debutant filmmaker, the first and only NSD graduate from the island region, plans to take his work to various film festivals so that it is watched not only in the country but by people outside India.

Made on a modest budget of Rs 25 lakh, the movie has been written, directed and produced by Lal. "I have also written the dialogues of the movie."


First Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 18:20

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