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Nathuram Vinayak Godse is the final antagonist of Richard Attenborough's 1982 historical film Gandhi. He is a Hindu extremist who was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

He was portrayed by Harsh Nayyar.

Biography

When Hindu protestors oppose to Muhammad Ali Jinnah becoming prime minister, Gandhi sets out to handle the situation and orders the protestors to stop, as this will only lead to disaster before leaving. Among the protestors is Godse, who suspects that Gandhi favors Muslims over Hindus. Godse then talks to his conspirator, Prakash about his concerns for Gandhi and they come up with a plan to assassinate him. Gandhi then talks to Jinnah and states that he wishes for him to become the first prime minister of India, but Jinnah states that the only way to avoid a civil war between Hindus and Muslims is for India and Pakistan to become separate countries, to which Gandhi reluctantly agrees, thus leading to the partition of India.

When riots break out between both nations, Gandhi heads out to settle the conflict and bring peace on both sides. Meanwhile, Prakash sends Godse to prepare for the assassination and he heads out to visit Gandhi at Birla House. After Godse bows to Gandhi, he pulls out his gun and shoots Gandhi three times in the chest, killing him. A funeral is later attended for Gandhi and his corpse is then cremated and his ashes are scattered in the Ganges river.

Godse would then be tried for Gandhi's murder and was executed a year later, despite pleas from Gandhi's children to spare him.

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