Gandhi

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6 February 2017

Revisit Richard Attenborough's epic ahead of the release of Viceroy's House.

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With the March release of Viceroy's House coming a few months before the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, now is the time to revisit Gandhi; the definitive document of the cultural and political icon at the forefront of the Indian independence movement.

GandhiGandhi respectfully traces the life and legacy of an unlikely revolutionary, from the activist’s political awakening as a young man imprisoned in South Africa for travelling in a whites-only train carriage to his final fight against religious violence erupting in the newly formed states of India and Pakistan.

Director Richard Attenborough utilises a suitably epic palette in painting his portrait of the committed pacifist who challenged the British Empire and changed the nature of civil disobedience across the world, shooting on location with a cast that at some points includes over 300,000 extras. His efforts were rewarded, with Gandhi scooping 8 Oscars in 1982 - including a Best Actor win for Krishna Bhanji, better known as Ben Kingsley, in the title role, as well as wins for Best Picture and Best Director.