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Inspiring the young: “Naanu Gandhi”
Inspiring the young: “Naanu Gandhi”

ANUJ KUMAR

There’s nothing wrong in being truthful, honest and humane, stresses the film.

Kannada director N.R. Nanjunade Gowda’s “Naanu Gandhi” talks about the contemporary relevance of Mahatma Gandhi and his principles. The film will be released on November 14. “Recently it won the special award at the 10th Cartagena International Children’s Film Festival at Columbia. They played it with Spanish subtitles. The Karnataka Education Board has made its screening mandatory for schools,” says Gowda. He continued “People forget that Gandhi was a human being and practised what he preached. He is much more relevant in this era of globalisation.”

The film is about a Gandhian, who names his grandson Gandhi. “The kid faces lots of problems in the society because of the name. The idealist boy is torn between the Mahatma’s ideals and the world around him.

The film stresses on the importance of ethical values among children. There is nothing wrong in being truthful, honest and humane. These are not impediments in the path of success, as some have begun to think.”

Gowda, who has made children’s films like “Chukki Chandramma” and “a aa i ii”, says the film tries to blend Gandhian values with hi-tech progress.

“He was not against modernity or development. But technology should not be used to create disparity. It should first support rural India where poor farmers are finding it hard to fight poverty.”


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