Want to know about the writer of Gandhigiri, read on ……
This dialogue and screenplay writer from Ahmedabad, whose ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ has set cash registers ringing in Bollywood, has actually lived ‘Gandhigiri’ — at home.
So when Gandhiji extols the virtue of honesty to Munnabhai, it’s not a piece of fiction.
“It’s an incident straight out of my favourite story where Gandhi is drawn into stealing but later confesses his crime to his father. Many ideas reflected in the movie were instilled in me during my childhood,” Joshi says on phone from Ohio, where he teaches English at Otterbein College.
“We were made to feel conscious of things which may not directly matter to us, but are important. If there’s someone in my neighbourhood who’s killed in a communal riot, I don’t turn a blind eye. This empathy was something both of us inherited,” says younger brother Saumya, a playwright in his own right.
Their parents Jayant and Neela Joshi, proponents of Gandhi’s ideologies, remember the early years fondly. “Abhijat grew up on stories my father narrated of Sane Guruji, PL Deshpande and Mahatma Gandhi. Having witnessed the freedom movement, my father had several stories that lauded Gandhian virtues,” says Jayant Joshi, an author.
Abhijat and Saumya endorse that being brought up in a family of educators was crucial. Their grandparents RD Joshi and Sarlatai pioneered girls’ education in the state and were instrumental in establishing a foundation for a value-based life.
So deep was Gandhi’s influence on Abhijat, that he has even customised a course on the Mahatma at Otterbein. “I cherish Baba Amte’s words on Gandhi, ‘The inspiration of Gandhi has no alternative’. I felt that there’s not so much about the historical Gandhi as there is on what he stood for,” Abhijat says.
This news item was taken from indiatimes.com.