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Celebrating Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi

Sir Richard Attenborough, multiple award-winning filmmaker, actor and entrepreneur, passed away at the age of 90 on August 24.

Rediff.com pays tribute to the late veteran and the crown jewel in his illustrious cinematic journey — Gandhi.

‘When I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: always.’

It took actor and filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough almost two decades to get his dream project — capturing 50 years of the Mahatma — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, based on a biography by Louis Fischer, on track.

At some point, the film was to be made by director David Lean with Alec Guiness as the lead but they got busy with another classic (Lawrence of Arabia).

Eventually, made on a budget of $22 million with the joint collaboration of investors in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and India’s National Film Development Corporation, NFDC, Gandhi went on to make history.

Released on November 30, 1982, Gandhi completes 30 glorious years as one of Hollywood’s most memorable biopics.

Rediff.com
celebrates the film.

Often when one is sceptical about an unlikely casting selection it results in something special. Just like Tom Cruise playing Lestat in Interview With the Vampire and Daniel Craig’s turn as 007 in Casino Royale was judged with a lot of suspicion only to be bowled over, Ben Kingsley astonished all with the best-ever portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi.

Interestingly, the actor who is half Gujarati (he was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji) not only physically transformed to look the icon, but also successfully captured his pacifist, spiritual and visionary soul.

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