I guess, I must be the last person on earth to watch this movie, but what a movie! Wow!
My cousin S made us watch this movie when we were at his place on the weekend after the Pune marathon. That was around the time Nelson Mandela had passed away. I was extremely upset with Mandela or Madiba as he is was lovingly called. And my cousin asked me to watch this movie.
I must admit I was blown away. The little nuances of Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) they showed in the movie
- The way he calls South Africa a rainbow nation
- The way he asks the whites to stay back with his Government without pleading or ordering but just requesting politely
- The fact that he makes tea for the Springbok team’s captain
- The fact that he has a nice word for anyone and everyone, from complimenting his secretary’s dress to asking his bodyguards about their family
- The way they show the final match of the Rugby world cup in which there is a little African boy who first is scolded by the white cops and then eventually by the end of the match he has a cold drink in his hand and after the Springboks win, he is lifted in the air by the white policemen
- The way the African bodyguard of Mandela first reacts to the white man who comes in saying ‘Am I under arrest?’ only to realise that the white guy was reporting for the extra men which Mandela had been asked for. And then when he goes to Mandela to complain, Mandela pulls his leg asking ‘What did you do?’ and finally talks about how forgiveness is the biggest weapon.
Such little nuances which I could go and on about. In short, watch the movie. In fact for older children like class 9 or 10, I would recommend the movie to be showed in the classrooms because children will relate immediately to the freedom struggle and more importantly the struggle every nation undergoes AFTER it attains freedom.
PS – I think this is the first MOVIE review I have done on my blog!