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Gandhi 1982

Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest...

Release Date:
February 25, 1983
Duration:
191 min
Director:
Richard Attenborough ...
Cast:
Rohini Hattangadi, James Cossins, Colin Farrell, David Gant, Ben Kingsley, Om Puri, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Shane Rimmer, Derek Lyons, William Hoyland, Martin Sheen, Amrish Puri, John Ratzenberger, John Mills, Bernard Hill, John Savident, Geraldine James, David Sibley, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Günther Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffrey, Alyque Padamsee, Roshan Seth, Ian Bannen, Michael Bryant, John Clements, Richard Griffiths, Nigel Hawthorne, Bernard Hepton, Michael Hordern, Shreeram Lagoo, Virendra Razdan, Richard Vernon, Harsh Nayyar, Prabhakar Patankar, Vijay Kashyap, Nigam Prakash, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Peter Harlowe, Anang Desai, Winston Ntshona, Peter Cartwright, Marius Weyers, Richard Mayes, Alok Nath, Dean Gasper, Ken Hutchison, Norman Chancer, Gulshan Kapoor, Charu Bala Chokshi, Raj Chaturvedi, Avpar Jhita, Anthony Sagger, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray Burdis, Daniel Peacock, Avis Bunnage, Caroline Hutchison, Mohan Agashe, Sudhanshu Mishra, Dina Nath, John Patrick, Michael Godley, Stewart Harwood, Stanley McGeagh, Christopher Good, David Markham, Jyoti Sarup, John Naylor, Wilson George, Hansu Mehta, Sudarshan Sethi, Sunila Pradhan, Moti Makan, Jalal Agha, Rupert Frazer, Manohar Pitale, Homi Daruvala, K.K. Raina, Vivek Swaroop, Raja Biswas, Dominic Guard, Rama Kant Jha, Nana Palsikar, Alpna Gupta, Chandrakant Thakkar, John Quentin, Graham Seed, Keith Drinkel, Bob Babenia, Gerald Sim, Sanjeev Puri, Gareth Forwood, Vijay Crishna, Sankalp Dubey, Gurcharan Singh, John Vine, Geoffrey Chater, Ernest Clark, Habib Tanvir, Pankaj Mohan, Subhash Gupta, Aadil, Rajeshwar Nath, S.S. Thakur, Rahul Gupta, Barry John, Brian Oulton, James Snell, John Boxer, Gerard Norman, Bernard Horsfall, Richard Leech, Pankaj Kapur, Tarla Mehta, Dalip Tahil, Stanley Lebor, Terrence Hardiman, Monica Gupta, Jon Croft, Jack McKenzie, Tom Alter, Jane Myerson, Roop Kumar Razdan, Bani Sharad Joshi, Vagish Kumar Singh, Dilsher Singh, Sudhir Dalvi, Tilak Raj, Irpinder Puri, Pren Kapoor, Vinay Apte, Aswani Kumar, Avinash Dogra, Shreedhar Joshi, Suhas Palshikar, Karkirat Singh, Shekhar Chatterjee, Amarjeet, Pratap Desai, Bhatawadekar Prakash, Sunil Shende, Rovil Sinha, Stephen M. Silverman, Gito Santana ...
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography ...
Countries:
UK, India

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Nothing too life-changing though.
The most perfect life story created. A must see film for all time
Gahndi is one of the best films ever made. It is just flawless. Everything, the music, the direction, the acting, they're all perfect. It tracks the inspiring life of Gahndi, the mediator of the century. It tells his battles,
his fastings, his press, and ultimately, his legend. The end will leave you awe- inspired and stunned. This is a personal favorite of mine and a deserved winner of 8 oscars inclubing best picture, director, and actor. A must-see epic.
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Picture this. Gandhiji walks in a court, accused of influencing the people and starting a movement, the Non Cooperation movement, immediately after Gandhiji broke the fast he started to curb the movement which had assumed violence after Chauri Chora. We walks in alone, unescorted and as soon as he walks in there is an unexplainable silence in the court, and to everyone's surprise the Judge, stands up in respect of the accused ! Seeing him do this the barristers and rest also stand up. This scene though may seem insignificant on paper is one without which this entire movie would have been incomplete. To know why......read on !

On day of 2nd October they play this movie every year on DD National, Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. I never watched it whenever it was shown since 20 years of 2nd Octobers I had seen. The first few years because I couldn't understand and the next few because I felt that though it's a multiple Oscar winner, how could at the end of the day, a British person understand and do justice to an Indian icon ? After so many years I finally broke the ice and saw the movie in totality right from the first scene of Nathuram Godse, to Hey Ram, and I understood that Gandhi was as British, as much a part of Britain's history as he was of India's, infact an outsider judged the person better than we ourselves could, hence without doubt this is a masterpiece, because it was always meant to be.

Richard Attenborough like all directors worth their salt uses visual aid as a medium to replace conventional dialogue delivery at times. A picture is worth a thousand words and a scene without words is worth a million. Like the first scene I described and others. In one scene towards the end of the movie, Gandhiji starts a fast until death to stop the communal riots post independence and Nehru goes to meet him. A crowd had gathered near his residence and one of the person in the crowd shouted a suggestion, "Why don't they kill Gandhi ?", Nehru furiously jumps into the crowd to search for this person and the camera moves in the crowd and for a briefest time and quite unmistakably you spot Nathuram Godse in the crowd. This made me think, 'hey this is what I call good cinema!'.

So what about the outsider theory ? Well you see if Rajkumar Santoshi, Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor or Mani Ratnam had made this movie they would have fallen under the pressure and the unbearably weight of historical facts, Richard had that advantage. Someone quite ignorant about Indian culture was telling a story of an Indian to an audience even more ignorant. What I mean is that there are things which are skewed up, characters gone wrong and famous words mouthed by someone else. For example the writer has messed the character of the Patel Siblings. Vallabhbhai Patel was never an extrovert and never as polished as shown in the movie, but someone else was and it was his more Birtish, yet less famous elder brother Vithalbhai who infact introduced Vallabh to Indian movement. Again it is a known fact that Vallabhai continued the Dandi march after Gandhi's arrest, the fact which is ignored. Once again the characters of Kriplani, Maulana Azad etc are all skewed. But at the end of it works, why, because Richard's view is focused. I would notice these mistakes because I am an Indian aware of this, a person in England may never find out and even if he does he would consider it as trivial because this is a story of Gandhi and not the Indian freedom struggle. People say that unnecessary importance is given to foreign characters in Gandhi's life like Margret, Rev. Charlie, Walker, Miraben, but I would say it is necessary because these people did influence Gandhi and made him an international personality which he is.

But before I end my take on this movie I must comment on the characterization. Starting with Ben Kinsley as Gandhi. To tell you the truth when I first saw him as Mohandas KG in the train I was shocked, he didn't look like Gandhi which I imagined, but as the movie goes ahead I changed my opinion. Ben worked because of multiple reasons. The first he is a British Gujarati, Gandhi was gujarati who did his law in England so both speak the same language, Partly British English with unmistakable Gujarati overtones. Second all other characterization of Gandhis in the history are shown as fragile creatures without clothes. Ben did carry some more body than others and which made Gandhi look more real , more alive. Also he had an infectious little smile which works because Gandhi in many was a jovial happy person who smiled a lot , a kind smile of calm which no one but Ben Kinsley brought out ! Of the other characters, Martin Sheen as Walker was impressive, so were Lord Erwin, Gen Dyer, Margrets, Nehru and Miraben's characters. Rohini Hattangidi as Kasturba does a remarkable job too, though she was shown a little more extroverted than Kasturba was , maybe.

As a whole to sum it up, this is one hell of a beautiful movie experience. If you missed it this 2nd October don't forget to tune into it the next.






Gandhi (1982) is a simply stirring film crafted brilliantly by Richard Attenborough. And the gifted Ben Kingsley does an absolutely astounding job portraying the gentle Mohandas K. Gandhi using the poignant script written by John Briley. Although long at 188 minutes the film seems to float by with a cinematic grace matched only by Gandhi's spirit itself. Numerous awards were given to the film, some eight during the 1983's Oscars; most noteably for best actor, director, writer AND best film. This film is definitely one not to miss. Very Very Highly recommended! :up: :fresh:
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****/****

Pro: Kingsley in the role of a lifetime. Great direction. Great focus on story. Great cinematography. Inspiring.

Con: N/A

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:8/10
Ben Kingsley is absolutely amazing in the title role. He goes above and beyond in his portrayal. He is brilliant, and it is his performance that helps carry the film through some of the slower stretches. The films main flaw is the unnecessary length. Richard Attenborough does an exceptional job directing. Very detailed, amazingly well produced.