Gandhi (1982) Took nearly twenty years to make - not a single minute was wasted.Great Man, Great Story, Great Film!
Gandhi is a multi award winning biopic set around the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the formation of an independent India.
Gandhi is the sort of film which everyone should see both for their own education and entertainment.
It is engaging, thought provoking and interesting and features one of the greatest all time performances.
The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning 8 including Best Picture, Actor, Director, Editing and Original Screenplay.
Although 300,000 people appeared in the funeral scene, only 94,560 were paid.
The rest just turned up.
M.K. Gandhi began his professional career as a lawyer, in fact a lawyer in South Africa.
It was in South Africa where his mission first began. He fought against the British government, fighting for equal rights for Indians in South Africa.
It was here that he gained the experience of non-violent resistance and pubic speaking which would make him one of the most important figured of the 20th century and perhaps the history of the world. Moving on to what he is best known for, Gandhi went to India and helped gain India her independence from the British Empire.
And even after that, he helped gain peace between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India.
The drama and tension that is in this film is beyond compare for people suffering and trying to help the nation gain it’s freedom.
What is also commendable, and easily the most obvious thing to talk about first is Ben Kingsley. Kingsley had the honor of portraying M.K. Gandhi, and he did him justice, delivering a performance that in every way reflected Gandhi’s compassion, determination, courage, and grace of nature with which he passed through this world.
It is truly one of the greatest performances I have seen, and what is more, his fellow Indian supporting cast, as Kingsley, while British, is of Indian heritage, his supporting cast delivers great performances as well.
The direction is pretty much exactly what it needs to be: straight forward.
This is the type of story that almost tells itself, but it needed a steady hand to deliver it and scenes like the speech in South Africa in the meeting hall and the massacre scene are astoundingly brilliant.
In addition, the cinematography is worth mentioning as being stirringly beautiful.
It captures the epic, important and beautiful life of Gandhi.
Gandhi was a remarkable human being who left a lasting impact on this Earth.
For that reason, and for the performance of Ben Kingsley, this film is remarkable.