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Gandhi is a 1982 period biographical film based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of nonviolent non-cooperative Indian independence movement against the British Empire during the 20th century. A co-production between India and United Kingdom, it is directed and produced by Richard Attenborough from a screenplay written by John Briley. It stars Ben Kingsley in the title role. The film covers Gandhi's life from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off from a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment and concludes with his assassination and funeral in 1948. Although a practising Hindu, Gandhi's embracing of other faiths, particularly Christianity and Islam, is also depicted.

Plot

On 30 January 1948, on his way to an evening prayer service, an elderly Gandhi is helped out for his evening walk to meet a large number of greeters and admirers. One visitor, Nathuram Godse, shoots him point blank in the chest. His state funeral is shown, the procession attended by millions of people from all walks of life, with a radio reporter speaking eloquently about Gandhi's world-changing life and works.

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    award Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation England India South Africa
    director Richard Attenborough
    editor John Bloom
    events Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
    genre drama historical
    keywords a conference assassination of mahatma gandhi bangladesh britain british empire british raj british subject colony of natal even fight ganga godse hindu history of the british salt tax in india house arrest hunger strike id independence indians in south africa jallianwala bagh massacre last day london muhammad ali muhammad ali jinnah muslim natal government railways nathuram godse national hero non-violent non-cooperation campaign non-violent protest campaign pakistan partition of india prime minister prime minister of india quit india salt march salt tax satyagraha second round table conference second world war south african south african indians south african train speak swaraj united kingdom world war i
    musicBy Ravi Shankar
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Richard Attenborough
    publisher Columbia Pictures EMI Films Warner Bros.
    theme biographical biographical drama epic gang transport