Gandhi Soundtrack (

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In 1893, Mohandas K. Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian and traveling in a first class compartment. Gandhi realizes that the laws are biased against Indians and decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and the unwanted attention of the world, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa.

After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India's independence from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi's occasional imprisonment. Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure.

Too weak from World War II to continue enforcing its will in India, Britain finally grants India's independence. Indians celebrate this victory, but their troubles are far from over. Religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims erupt into nation-wide violence. Gandhi declares a hunger strike, saying he will not eat until the fighting stops. The fighting does stop eventually, but the country is divided.

It is decided that the northwest area of India, and eastern part of India (current day Bangladesh), both places where Muslims are in the majority, will become a new country called Pakistan (West and East Pakistan respectively). It is hoped that by encouraging the Muslims to live in a separate country, violence will abate. Gandhi is opposed to the idea, and is even willing to allow Muhammad Ali Jinnah to become the first prime minister of India, but the Partition of India is carried out nevertheless.

Gandhi spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations. He thereby angers many dissidents on both sides, one of whom finally gets close enough to assassinate him.

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User reviews

Andrew Harris

Overall, the Gandhi soundtrack is a masterpiece in its own right, elevating the film to a higher level of emotional depth and cultural significance through its exceptional musical contributions.

Deborah Young

The soundtrack of Gandhi effectively captures the emotional journey of the protagonist, from his initial struggles in South Africa to his final efforts for peace between India and Pakistan.

David Garcia

The use of traditional Indian instruments in the soundtrack of Gandhi felt cliché and stereotypical, bordering on cultural appropriation. Instead of incorporating these elements authentically and respectfully, the music came across as superficial and tokenistic, failing to honor the rich musical heritage of the region.

Paul White

The soundtrack of Gandhi truly captures the spirit of the film's powerful themes and emotional journey. The orchestral arrangements are moving and poignant, perfectly complementing the struggles and triumphs of Mahatma Gandhi as he fights for justice and independence. The music enhances the storytelling, evoking a sense of hope, determination, and the unwavering belief in the power of non-violence.

Susan Davis

The music in Gandhi enhances the storytelling of the film, creating a deep connection with the audience and conveying the powerful message of non-violence and perseverance that Gandhi stood for.

Matthew Martin

The use of traditional Indian instruments and melodies in the soundtrack adds an authentic and cultural richness to the film. The fusion of Western classical music with Indian musical elements creates a unique and captivating soundscape that transports the listener to the historical and political landscape of Gandhi's time. The music not only serves as a backdrop but also as a character in itself, guiding the audience through the highs and lows of Gandhi's remarkable life.

Robert Green

The Gandhi soundtrack perfectly captures the emotional journey of Mohandas K. Gandhi, from his early struggles in South Africa to his fight for India's independence, through a beautiful and evocative musical score.

Steven Lewis

The music in Gandhi is both uplifting and poignant, reflecting the triumphs and tragedies of Gandhi's journey in a way that resonates deeply with the audience.

Edward Mitchell

The use of traditional Indian instruments in the soundtrack adds authenticity to the storytelling, immersing the audience in the cultural context of the film.

Nancy Parker

The soundtrack's use of traditional Indian instruments and melodies adds an authentic and culturally rich layer to the film, immersing viewers in the historical and political context of Gandhi's life.

David Wilson

The composition of the soundtrack in Gandhi seemed disjointed and inconsistent, with abrupt shifts in tone that disrupted the flow of the narrative. The music did not effectively build tension or create a sense of cohesion throughout the film, leaving the viewer disconnected from the unfolding events.

Ashley Green

The music enhances the powerful message of non-violence and resistance portrayed in the film, creating a sense of hope and determination throughout Gandhi's story.

Donna Allen

The soundtrack effectively conveys the tension and turmoil of the partition of India, underscoring the tragic consequences of religious conflict and political division.

Joshua Jones

The soundtrack of Gandhi lacked emotional depth and failed to capture the intensity of the historical events portrayed. The music felt generic and uninspired, failing to enhance the storytelling or evoke the appropriate sentiments in the audience.

Charles Baker

The themes and motifs in the Gandhi soundtrack are memorable and powerful, staying with the listener long after the film has ended and leaving a lasting impression of Gandhi's legacy.

Susan Parker

I appreciate how the music evolves along with Gandhi's character development, mirroring his growth as a leader and his unwavering commitment to his principles.

Linda Davis

Overall, the musical score of Gandhi is a poignant and evocative companion to the film, elevating the narrative and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Deborah Jackson

The soundtrack's composition is a testament to the talent and skill of the composer, who has masterfully crafted a musical accompaniment that complements the film's narrative and enhances its impact.

Steven Hernandez

The orchestral arrangements in the soundtrack beautifully reflect the historical setting of the film, transporting the listener to the early 20th century and the fight for independence.