Freedom. Its often taken for granted. We live in a time where we have complete freedom on what we want to do, how we want to travel, where we want to live, where we want to go shopping, and all daily action which take place in our lives. However, that is not always the case.
Several movies have been created on this subject, in order to provide us with an experience of how difficult the times are when you live under oppression, and how lucky we are to have such freedom. Some are based on real life events, some are fictional. Two such films are Gandhi and V for Vendetta. While Gandhi follows the life of Mahatma Gandhi, V for Vendetta is based on fictional events, and yet, both the films have more similarities than you would expect.
Here is why these two movies will go together very well in an unlikely double feature.
Gandhi is one of my all-time favourite movies. It depicts the story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of the Independence movement during the British Rule in India. Gandhi was the first one to use the Non-Violence Movement as a protest against oppression. The movie starts off with his assassination. Then it jumps back in time to when Gandhi was a young man in South Africa, and was thrown off a first-class train compartment because he was not white, even though he had paid for a first-class ticket.
This led to protests being initiated for the "coloured" people in South Africa, which eventually was fruitful. Gandhi then returned to India, resolved to rid the country from the British oppression.
The campaign spread like wildfire throughout the nation, increasing in popularity each day. Prisons started overflowing with citizens willing to be captured, anti-British marches started occurring everywhere. Taking a page out of Gandhi's book, a major part of the Muslim population of the country demanded independence and their own nation, which led to the partition that created India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
However, there were some who believed that non-violence was not the answer to freedom, assassinating Gandhi soon after independence, bringing the end of an era.
Mahatma Gandhi was an inspiration for other peacekeeping idols in Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.
Gandhi won 8 Academy Awards the following year in 1983, include Best Picture, Director, Actor, Costume, Writing, and Cinematography. It is a true classic.
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta is a movie based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore. Its set in a dystopian United Kingdom, where a fascist dictator rules the country. The main protagonist is a masked man who calls himself "V". The movie explores how a man, whose true identity is not known to anyone, becomes a symbol of hope for the people.
V starts destroying government buildings as a protest, beating up government officials, and rescuing citizens from abuse and injustice.
The government launched a full scale hunt for V, torturing and extorting from anyone suspected to know about him and his whereabouts. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands go up to the parliament to protest, all of them disguised as V himself.
Later, V arranges a meeting with the Chancellor. He kills the Chancellor and his henchmen, and boards a train loaded with explosives to destroy the Parliament, dying in the grand explosion which followed.
V for Vendetta uses the mask as an important symbol. The mask signifies that it could be literally ANYONE behind it. Any common man. And it probably was one, because if it was a powerful man, he would reveal his identity, and instantly have a lot of people following his lead. However, all the influential people in the country were too scared to stand up to the government, so a common man decided to take up a mask, and do something for his country. And thats what inspired the people.
Gandhi and V for Vendetta have more similarities than you would expect. For starters, both of them deal with an oppressive government, who only crave power. The people are helpless, until one man comes in and becomes a beacon of hope for the citizens.
Both movies focus on one key idea; In Gandhi its non-violent protests, in V for Vendetta, its the idea of a mask. Gandhi uses masses of people for long marches and blockades against the British Rule, while chanting slogans and waving independence banners and flags, which put the government under huge pressure. V uses the same tactic. They didn't ASK anyone to come with them. People just started following them because of their actions.
Q.E.D, both movies would make an awesome double feature for anyone who is interested in viewing something new and different from regular movies. Both are classics which will change your perception and the way you look at the world.
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