Gandhi film

Shown above is a poster for “Gandhi – The Conspiracy,” a film which delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. (photo provided)

On the 70th anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, a Dubai, U.A.E., and U.K.-based independent production house, Nugen Media Productions, is pursuing a clearance in India for its new conspiracy theory film based on the leader.

Created by writer and co-director Pankaj Sehgal, “Gandhi – The Conspiracy” delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Gandhi’s assassination.

The feature is a story of three police officers in different parts of India, who, well aware of the intelligence that Gandhi’s life is under threat, must take key decisions that would eventually either save the Mahatma or the country.

The film’s producers argue the film is a fair account of Gandhi’s death, based on the historical evidence.

“The conspiracy is all about collecting the facts, asking tough questions, and conclusions drawn by the logical analysis of the same,” explained Sehgal. “This film is critical to bring together a fractured society which remains distrustful of each other despite 71 years of Indian independence.”

The Indian censor board, however, reads a press release, has been reluctant to approve the film’s release, with fears that the controversial film may cause an adverse reaction from the public. The producers are awaiting censor clearance to announce the date of release in India.

Gandhi was assassinated in 1948 by Ramchandra Vinayak, aka Nathuram Godse, on the way to his evening prayers. The film is based on the findings of the Justice J.L. Kapur Commission report – the official inquiry into the conspiracy of Gandhi’s murder, led by Supreme Court Judge Justice Jivanlal Kapur. 

“Gandhi – The Conspiracy” attempts to investigate the Partition of India, the underlying social factors, the unanswered questions, and the circumstances that led to Gandhi’s assassination.

The movie draws a parallel between India, during the life and assassination of Gandhi, and the U.S., during the life and assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and how their eventual assassination, though a tragic event in itself, it claims, virtually turned around the two countries to be successful secular democracies, from the separatist and civil warpath that both were trudging on.

Starring Hollywood, British and Bollywood stars such as Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino, late actor Om Puri and Vinnie Jones, “Gandhi – The Conspiracy” was announced at the 2016 Dubai film festival under its precursor, “Solar Eclipse – Depth of Darkness.”

Watch the trailer of “Gandhi – The Conspiracy” here:

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