Attenborough on Making Gandhi and Meeting Satyajit Ray


Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died on Sunday 24 August 2014. He was 90 . Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars. Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the title role, said he would “miss him dearly”.  He said, “Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition.

“When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him.”

NRIfm presents the 2003 Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture delivered by the Lord Richard Attenborough, a close friend of the legendary film director. The lecture was organised by the Satyajit Ray Foundation and the Nehru Centre in London. In a remarkable journey down the memory lane Lord Attenborough remembered the day he went to see Ray’s debut film Pather Panchali. He also talks about his role in Ray’s ‘Chess Players’ and tells us what Ray thought of his Oscar winning film Gandhi. According to Ray it was ‘not a fantastic piece of cinema.’

Attenborough says that the filming of the ‘Chess Players’ was a great experience.

Here Attenborough tells the inside story of the making of  ‘Gandhi’.
He says it was a film not for Indians who knew who Bapu was, it was for the people around the world who were not aware of Gandhi’s immense contribution to our civilisation. 




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