Bhupen Hazarika, composer and singer of the soundtrack to Bollywood’s misguided film Gandhi to Hitler, has died in Mumbai. He was 85.
The film, universally deplored, centres on two letters that Gandhi wrote to Hitler asking him to be a decent fellow and not start a war. Hitler was, in fact, depicted as a decent fellow, arousing a mixture of concern and derision.
Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Mel Brooks has got to see this one: somebody has actually made Springtime for Hitler. The funniest thing about this film from India is that it’s dead-on serious, replete with all-Indian actors playing the leaders of the Third Reich. “
Hazarika composed for many other films, without comparable controversy.