Road to Sangam
Director: Amit Rai Starring: Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Tushar Gandhi Run time: 135 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18 Language: Hindi | Year: 2009 | Country: India
Mahatma Gandhi still evokes powerful feelings of sacrifice and secularism for many Indians today, over 60 years after his death. Some of Gandhiji’s ashes, which must be taken to the Hindu holy river ‘Sangam’, are discovered. A devout Muslim mechanic Hashmat (Paresh Rawal), has been entrusted the job of repairing the historic lorry that will carry the last ashes of the Mahatma. Hashmat is, however, caught in a complex situation when two innocent Muslim youths are arrested by police in his locality and are accused of terrorism. A strike to work is called by a prominent Muslim leader, played by Om Puri (East is East), to protest against this unjust treatment. As pressure increases, Hashmat is torn between whether to obey the strike and down tools, or follow his other ideals and strive to finish his work in honour of the great leader.