‘1942 Love Story’: Saga of Indira Gandhi and Feroze GandhiSeptember 25, 2018
Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala-led ‘1942 Love Story’ movie had thrown light on the saga of love during freedom fight. Many would be surprised to know what exactly that span of time- during ‘Quit India Movement’- a high profile love story was at its peak. From reel to real, the love story had carried every element of an ideal Bollywood story- propose, reject, rebel, struggle, marriage and of course politics. The story took place in India’s most prominent family-Nehru.
In the love story of Feroze Gandhi and only daughter of the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi had faced all odds that a love story counters in Indian society. The very first barrier to their love story was their religions. While Feroze Gandhi was a Parsi, Indira Gandhi was Hindu Pundit.
Their love story budded when Indira was just 16 years old and Feroze was 21. Feroze was close to Indira’s mother Kamala Nehru. Once in 1930, Kamala Nehru along with her companions was demonstrating against British outside Ewing Christian College that time she fainted with the heat of the sun and Feroze went to help her. Feroze was so influenced with her patriotism that he left his studies to join the independence movement-led by Congress leaders. He started actively participating in Congress’s agitations and he was jailed as well. In 1932-33, he was working closely with Nehru as well.
During these years, Feroze came across to very polite and young girl Indira Gandhi. With the passage of time, they started loving each other. He first proposed to Indira in 1933. But Indira and her mother rejected citing Indira’s age and his religion.
Meanwhile, the destiny had its own plan, he grew close to the Nehru family, especially with Kamala Nehru. When she was sick and her health condition worsened in April 1935. Feroze took care of her and he was at her bedside when she died on February 28, 1936. During the treatment of Indira’s mother in England, the love of a young couple got a life and grew.
Amidst their love was at the climax, Nehru who was emerging as the tallest leader in India was not happy with the hearsay of his daughter’s love. However, Despite strong opposition from Nehru, they decided to marry. Making his last effort to end the love story, Nehru also took the matter to Mahatma Gandhi. As the saying goes, nothing can stop a true love, the love of rebellion couple had passed the final line and married on March 26, 1942, according to Hindu rituals.
Initially, their lives went down well. They together furthered the fight against the British. The couple was arrested and jailed in August 1942. The couple had enjoyed comfortable domestic life in the next 5 years. And they had blessed with two sons- Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.
Soon after India got its independence, Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India and Feroze chose different political line. During his journalism career, Feroze started writing against the corruption-tainted policies of Nehru government. His bold approach against Prime Minister Nehru created an uncomfortable zone between Indira and Feroze. As the rift between Nehru and Feroze widened, Indira went to his father’s home in Delhi.
In 1958, Feroze suffered a heart attack and she returned to take care of him. In 1960, he died after receiving 2nd heart attack at the Willingdon Hospital, Delhi. After his death, Indira went active in politics and later became Prime Minister of India.