If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

I am a fan of remakes. The sheer brilliance of yesteryear movies is hard to miss. They were packed with a good story and moving performances. What fun it is to watch actors from your generation replicating a classic! With its proposition of 'Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres

One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story of an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of nonviolent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi', this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!

Let’s have a look, shall we?


1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on the big screen.

2016: Ashutosh Gowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar, and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.

Mahatma Gandhi

1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.

2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.

Kasturba Gandhi

1982: Rohini Hoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.  

2016: Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.

General Dyer

1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.

Jawaharlal Nehru

1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.

2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.

Sardar Patel

1982: Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.             

2016: Paresh Rawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982: Alyque Padamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history

2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.

Lord Mountbatten

1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.

2016: The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard!

Watch it on Zee Classic this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM.

*Image Source - zeeclassic.com


  1. I feel Rani Mukherjee would be better than Kajol...just my opinion though..:P and also, I couldn't imagine Saif Khan for that role :)

  2. Very nice one, i dont think Saif Ali khan will be a better option, he is very macho and has a unique style.

  3. Lovely selection of candidates for the roles, Saru!

  4. Vidya Balan is a better option for Kasturba Gandhi...

  5. Interesting cast for remake, I never watched the 1982 Gandhi properly , will try watching now

  6. Gndhi was one of the wonderful piece of present time ... and your selection look great ...

  7. Gandhi was a wonderful movie...a remake of it sounds interesting.

  8. The movie Gandhi was made to perfection. Ben Kingsley actually looked like Gandhi. Amir Khan, despite his perfection seeking efforts doesn't have matching features.

  9. haha!! I am not a fan of remakes at all but interesting choice you have. Though I have reservation on who's who's to make the cut, yes AK can get into any role. SLB would make the perfect director.

  10. Intriguing post, though I'm not sure Amir Khan would manage the role. But you never know.

  11. Gandhi is one of the finest movies.
    A remake will get compared to the original...
    Good choices, Saru :)

  12. BUT why put the public through a story of a person who is actually not such a mahatama.. Moreover the movie does not show the reality.. it made him look like GOD ..

    Sorry if i said something wrong ...


  13. @Everyone - Thank you so much for reading and sharing your views.


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