Gandhi is a 1982 biographical film based on the life of Mohandas Gandhi, who led the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. The film was directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. They both won Academy Awards for their work on the film. The film was also given the Academy Award for Best Picture and won eight Academy Awards in total. It was an international co-production between production companies in India and the UK. The film premiered in New Delhi on November 30, 1982.
In his epic masterpiece Gandhi, director Richard Attenborough explores the inspiring, complicated life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian lawyer who through ideological conviction and an impassioned sense of political justice went on to become the spiritual leader of a nation and the symbol of its hard-won independence. Ben Kingsley won an Oscar in the title role, and he is supported by an all-star cast that includes Candice Bergen as photographer Margaret Bourke-White and John Gielgud as Lord Irwin. This is a big story to tell, and Attenborough tackles his subject head on, zeroing in on those critical events in Gandhi's life that propelled him along his historic journey: his awakening to the injustice of Britain's resistance to Indian independence; his renunciation of his personal effects; his development of a "passive resistance" strategy in retaliation against the British army (which later inspired Dr. Martin Luther King); and, most memorably, his dramatic fasting in the name of his cause. As Gandhi, Kingsley, turns in an unforgettable performance, cloaking himself in the indomitable spirit of the soft-spoken yet determined pacifist, as he seamlessly evolves from citizen to statesman to modern-day messiah.
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