Indian film critics have given favourable reviews to British director Sir Richard Attenborough's film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
NOVEMBER 30, 1982, NEW DELHI, INDIA (REUTERS - P. LETT) )
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GV Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi arriving premiere 0.14
SV Sir Richard Attenborough greeting film guests; Kingsley with guests (3 shots) 0.38
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ATTENBOROUGH: "Certainly Columbia are very optimistic about the film's chances in the United States and after this length of time it is very hard really to be objective I find. I think if I were asked the direct question which you have just posed I think the one real possibility is Ben Kingsley because I do really believe that his performance is quite remarkable. in telling the life of Bapu and(word indistinct) and his advocacy of partition had to be Bapu't protagonist and that is what he is in the movie. Mrs. Gandhi has seen the film and -- she saw it some time ago -- and she was very complimentary about it privately, which I would not wish to repeat, but she is on evidence I think at a press conference if I correctly quote her as saying the film has captured absolutely the spirit of Gandhi Ji. And that is as nice a compliment as I would wish to have."
Background: Indian film critics have given favourable reviews to British director Sir Richard Attenborough's film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The film had its world premiere in New Delhi on November 30. The making of "Gandhi" brought controversy early on chiefly because an Englishman, and not an Indian, was directing this bloc-busting epic about the man who inspired India's non-violent struggle for independence from British rule. But after the premiere, the National Herald said Sir Richard's film was a milestone in biographical cinema. The Hindustan Times said the film's subject had been treated with the respect and attention that it deserved. Several critics praised British actor Ben Kingsley for his portrayal of Gandhi, describing it as inspired acting of the highest order. The premiere was attended by Indian President Zail Singh and also by Mrs. Corretta King, widow of the American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King whose philosophy owed much to Gandhi. Sir Richard Attenborough said Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had seen the film and had been complimentary about it, saying it had captured the spirit of Gandhi.