Kingsley won an Academy Award for his turn as the Mahatma in the Richard Attenborough-helmed epic biographical drama.
Attenborough also directed Roshan Seth as Jawaharlal Nehru in the same film, and Seth has subsequently played India's first Prime Minister in two more productions.
Ketan Mehta directed Paresh Rawal in this biopic of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a lawyer-turned-freedom fighter who became India's first Home Minister.
Devgn won his second National Award for his terrific turn as the HSRA revolutionary Bhagat Singh in the Rajkumar Santoshi film.
Khan returned to screens after a four-year hiatus as Mangal Pandey, one of the first to take up arms against the East India Company during the 1857 War of Independence, in the Ketan Mehta film.
Ranaut played Laxmibai, the Queen of Jhansi who took on the British during the 1857 War of Independence, in this action-heavy biopic helmed by Krish Jagarlamudi and Ranaut herself.
In Shoojit Sircar's film, Kaushal played Udham Singh, a man who bides his time for two decades to avenge the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh.