In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.
|Release Date||:||November 30, 1982|
|Production Company||:||Columbia Pictures, Goldcrest Films International, Indo-British, International Film Investors, National Film Development Corporation of India, Carolina Bank|
|Production Countries||:||India, United Kingdom|
|Director||:||Richard Attenborough, Steve Lanning|
|Casts||:||Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Rohini Hattangadi, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Roshan Seth, Om Puri, Saeed Jaffrey, Alyque Padamsee, Amrish Puri, Geraldine James, Daniel Day-Lewis, Athol Fugard, Dalip Tahil, Günther Maria Halmer, Shreeram Lagoo, Terrence Hardiman, Ian Bannen, Michael Bryant, John Clements, Richard Griffiths, Nigel Hawthorne, Bernard Hepton, Michael Hordern, Richard Vernon, Harsh Nayyar, Vijay Kashyap, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Shane Rimmer, Peter Harlowe, Anang Desai, Winston Ntshona, Peter Cartwright, Marius Weyers, Richard Mayes, Alok Nath, Ken Hutchison, Norman Chancer, Charu Bala Chokshi, Ray Burdis, Daniel Peacock, Avis Bunnage, Mohan Agashe, John Savident, Michael Godley, Christopher Good, David Markham, Moti Makan, Jalal Agha, Rupert Frazer, K.K. Raina, Dominic Guard, Bernard Hill, Nana Palsikar, Graham Seed, Gerald Sim, Colin Farrell, Sanjeev Puri, James Cossins, Habib Tanvir, Barry John, Brian Oulton, James Snell, John Boxer, Bernard Horsfall, Richard Leech, Pankaj Kapur, David Sibley, Stanley Lebor, Jon Croft, William Hoyland, John Ratzenberger, Jack McKenzie, Vinay Apte, Suhas Palshikar, Shekhar Chatterjee, Amarjeet, Sunil Shende, Derek Lyons, Sudhir Dalvi, David Gant, Tom Alter, Ernest Clark , Fred Wood, John Quentin, Geoffrey Chater, Keith Drinkel|
|Plot Keywords||:||muslim, indian lead, demonstration, world war ii, imprisonment, release from prison, south africa, bravery, hunger strike, colony, morning prayer, hindu, independence, british army, political negotiations, conference, nonviolent resistance, apartheid, british empire, protest, independence movement, bombay india, strike, freedom, prayer, world religion, hinduism, mahatma gandhi, calcutta|
Thinking back, I suppose I have now seen many (sometimes good) films that follow the same recipe: One man makes a difference.
But this film is an exception in so many ways:
1) It was made in 1982, so it came before many of them.
2) It has amazingly well-displayed historical significance.
3) Great performances in a near-flawless, frank scrpit.
This film does not bother the viewer with an opening montage of scenes of the main character at various ages ("Dragon", I'm looking at you). This is an amazing film that anyone of any religion, race, or nationality can and should appreciate. With its subtle relevance to today's situations in that part of the world, this is a history buff must-see.
Watch this film and see great performances (an obvious oscar went to Ben Kingsly), excellent cinematography, and a wonderful inspiring story, whose essence soars well above the corny, do-gooder mentality of other pitiful efforts of "bio-pics".