Gandhi, now on airwaves
By Shweta Mehta
Clearly, Gandhi fever hasn’t died down. He’s the subject of several books and films, the inspiration behind a whole host of merchandise and the central figure in many topical discussions. Now, the latest offing is a radio play, simply titled Gandhi.
The two-month series is on air on Fever
104 FM on weekdays comprises 60 episodes. Based on an original script, it was conceived after the success of the channel’s Ramayana series that was voiced by actor-stalwarts Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.
Gandhi too will have the likes of Farooq Sheikh, Rajit Kapoor and Sachin Khedekar lend their voices to the story that’s been put together in a way that will appeal to the youth. “Anything connected with Gandhi should be accepted immediately. He’s a colossal personality and this is like nothing I’ve ever done before,” says Sheikh. “I play a character called Bharat. He’s the narrator or ‘sutradhar’, representing young India and how they perceive Gandhi.”
For Kapoor, this is his second outing in Gandhi’s shoes after his National Award-winning outing in Shyam Benegal’s The Making Of The Mahatma (1996). What’s the difference this time? “It’s a different perspective, conveyed only through nuances and the texture of voice. And the story has been treated very differently from the film,” Kapoor explains.
Did the actors learn anything new about Gandhi from this script? “I’ve been reading about his life and work, so lots of things have been refreshed in my mind, “ says Sheikh. Kapoor adds, “Earlier, I had studied 25 years of Gandhi in South Africa, so I was familiar with that aspect. But the parts with Ambedkar were new to me. His teachings have percolated through my system.”
Gandhi airs at 7 am on weekdays on Fever 104 FM. You can also tune in to repeats at 1 pm and 8.45 pm.