A new take on Gandhi’s life

Ram Alladi-directorial ‘Ra’s Metanoia’ is a re-imagining of life of the Father of the Nation

By   |  Published: 11th Jan 2021  6:54 pm

Ram Alladi, director of the award-winning film Chiseled, is set to release his ambitious and mesmerising Ra’s Metanoia; a re-imagining of the Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life. Shot entirely in the USA, Ra’s Metanoia combines vintage film styling with state of the art computer-generated sets to create this spellbinding non-linear story of Gandhiji.

It is life based on Gandhi’s writings — most significantly, his memoir, Magic Spell Of A Book. A periodic drama with historically accurate elements, Ra’s Metanoia takes the audience through the key moments in Gandhi’s life; from childhood to his untimely death in 1948 in New Delhi.

The story

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who changed the world as we know it through non-violent resistance and successful civil rights campaigning, including freeing India from the British rule.

Ra’s Metanoia chronicles Gandhi’s extraordinary life with a combination of fact and fiction whilst encapsulating scientific concepts such as quantum mechanics, Einstein Rosenberg bridge and rare space elements.

The film seamlessly weaves a tapestry of a richly narrated story with Gandhian principles. Ram Alladi achieves this with his usual flair by tapping into stunning imagery and symbolism.

Visualisation

Based on the director’s childhood fascination with Gandhi, Ra’s Metanoia has been derived largely through the words of Gandhi himself and, Gandhism is the central theme of the film, despite its occasional fictional elements.

Ram Alladi originally intended to craft a screenplay from Gandhi’s memoir, Magic Spell Of A Book but, it soon became clear that this multifaceted tale deserved something a little different. Having grown up paying tribute to Gandhi on national holidays, ‘Gandhi Amar Rahe’ (long live Gandhi) was such a central theme in Ram’s life that he spent much of his childhood believing that his hero was still alive.

Ram remembers visiting the Gandhi Museum in New Delhi and wondering how he could remove the blood stains from Gandhi’s showcased shawl.

Music was very much a love of Gandhi’s life and Ram has been fastidious in ensuring that Ra’s Metanoia’s soundtrack reflects that. Most notably, the re-composed and the re-imagined soundtrack features one of Gandhi’s favourite songs, Ekla Chalo which was written by the Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore.

Ra’s Metanoia is produced by Ar ItWorks, LLC. The film had its world premiere on November 4 this year at http://watch.metanoia.film.


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