Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara 2005: A Powerful Film on Memory and Identity
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara 2005 is a Hindi-language drama film directed by Jahnu Barua and produced by Anupam Kher, who also plays the lead role of a retired professor suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The film co-stars Urmila Matondkar as his daughter, who tries to help him recover from his delusion that he killed Mahatma Gandhi in his childhood. The film explores the themes of memory, identity, history and morality through the lens of a personal and family crisis.
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The film begins with Professor Uttam Chaudhary (Anupam Kher) living a peaceful life with his daughter Trisha (Urmila Matondkar) and son Addy (Addy) in Mumbai. He is a respected scholar of Hindi literature and a follower of Gandhi's principles. However, he starts to show signs of forgetfulness and confusion, which are diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease by his doctor. As his condition worsens, he becomes obsessed with the idea that he killed Gandhi when he was a child by shooting him with a toy gun at Birla House. He also believes that he is in jail and that everyone is trying to poison him for his crime.
Trisha is shocked and saddened by her father's deterioration and decides to find out the truth behind his hallucination. She visits her uncle Ronu (Rajit Kapur), who tells her that Uttam had a traumatic experience when he was young. He had accidentally popped a balloon filled with red dye on Gandhi's picture, which made his father think that he had killed Gandhi. His father had beaten him and made him repeat \"Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara\" (I did not kill Gandhi) over and over again. This incident had left a deep scar on Uttam's psyche.
Trisha then seeks the help of Dr. Siddharth (Parvin Dabas), a psychiatrist who specializes in Alzheimer's patients. He agrees to treat Uttam and tries to convince him that he did not kill Gandhi by using various methods, such as showing him news reports, testimonies, forensic evidence and even a mock trial. He also encourages Trisha to spend more time with her father and remind him of his achievements and values. Gradually, Uttam starts to regain some of his memories and recognize his family members. However, he still clings to his guilt and remorse for killing Gandhi.
The Reception of Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara 2005
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara 2005 was released on 30 September 2005 by Yash Raj Films.  The film received critical acclaim for its realistic and sensitive portrayal of Alzheimer's disease and its impact on the patient and the family. It also highlighted the relevance of Gandhi's teachings in the contemporary world and the need to preserve his legacy. Anupam Kher received praise for his brilliant performance as the tormented professor and won several awards, including a Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards and awards at various international film festivals.   Urmila Matondkar was also appreciated for playing the caring daughter of Kher and won the Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actress for her role.  The film was also nominated for several other awards, such as the Filmfare Awards, the Screen Awards and the Zee Cine Awards.
However, the film did not do well at the box office, as it faced stiff competition from other mainstream films and lacked adequate promotion. It was also considered too niche and serious for the mass audience, who preferred more entertaining and glamorous films. The film was also limited by its non-musical format, which was uncommon for Bollywood films at that time.