‘Mohandasa’ is not the story of the Mahatma, but his childhood: P Sheshadri

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Acclaimed director P Sheshadri who has won nine National Awards is back with his latest film ‘Mohandasa’. The film which was made almost two years ago is releasing on the 01st of October on account of Gandhi Jayanthi Day.

‘Mohandasa’ is a biographical film about Mahatma Gandhi and is made in Kannada, English and Hindi simultaneously. The film is based on Kannada writer Bolwar Mohammad Kunhi’s book ‘Papu Gandhi, Bapu Gandhi Aada Kathe’. Based on the book, Sheshadri has written the screenplay for the film.

My film is not about the Mahatma, but his childhood says P Sheshadri. ‘In Indian cinema there are two main films based on Mahatma Gandhi. The first is ‘Gandhi’ by Richard Attenborough’, the other being ‘The Making of Mahatma’ by Shyam Benegal’. My film is not about Mahatma Gandhi, but his childhood from the age of 7 to 14. The story tells what all led Mohandas to become a Mahatma in future’ says Sheshadri.

‘Mohandasa’ stars Paramswamy playing the role of Mohandas as a child and Samarth Hombal as a teenager. Well known actor Ananth Mahadevan makes his debut to Kannada cinema by playing the role of Mohandas’s father Karamchand Gandhi in the film, while Shruti is seen in the role of Putlibai.

The cast includes Mata Koppala, Deepa Ravishankar, Abhayankar Bellur and others with veteran actor Dattanna seen in a cameo. G S Bhaskar who was one of the unit cameraman of Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ is in charge of the cinematography, while acclaimed flautist Praveen Godkhindi has composed the music for the film.

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