Applause Entertainment has announced its most ambitious series yet highlighting the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. They also announced that the series will be starring Pratik Gandhi in the lead role. Pratik revealed that he is thrilled to essay the role in a statement. He also added that he deeply believes in the philosophies of Gandhi and values simplicity.For the series, they have also acquired rights to the two most definitive books on the freedom fighter authored by historian Ramachandra Guha. The series will portray Gandhi’s struggles from his early days in South Africa to his pivotal role in India’s fight against the British Raj.Commenting on his latest role, Pratik Gandhi said, “I deeply believe in the Gandhian philosophy and his values that echo simplicity in its purest forms. Personally too, I strive to achieve and imbibe many of his qualities and teachings in my daily life. Moreover, playing the role of Mahatma is very close to my heart ever since my theatre days and now it is a huge honour to yet again essay the role of this legendary leader, on screen. I believe it’s a huge responsibility to essay this role with dignity, grace and conviction and I can’t wait to embark on this journey with Sameer Nair and his team at Applause.”
The CEO of Applause Entertainment, Sameer Nair said, “Ramachandra Guha is a historian and storyteller par excellence, and we are honoured to adapt his classic books – Gandhi before India, and Gandhi – The Years That Changed the World – to screen. We couldn’t think of anyone better than the incredibly talented Pratik Gandhi to bring alive the Mahatma, and his philosophies of peace and love that shook the world. We believe that only a richly layered, multi season drama series will do real justice to Gandhi and to all the great personalities that embed the proud and illustrious history of India’s Freedom Struggle. This is a story of the birthing of modern India for a global audience.”Renowned historian, Ramachandra Guha also commented on the same saying, ‘Gandhi’s work transformed the world, and his legacy still sparks the most intense debates. His life was an epic journey, played out across three great countries: India, England and South Africa. He fought nobly for freedom, for inter-faith harmony, and for the rights of the underprivileged. Along the way he made many friends and not a few enemies too. I am delighted that my books on Gandhi are now being adapted for this ambitious and exciting series being produced by Applause Entertainment. I am confident that it will bring the complex contours of Gandhi’s life and the moral essence of his teachings to viewers across the globe’.