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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195633634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195633634.001.0001

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The Gandhi Film

The Gandhi Film

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Gandhi Film
Gandhi and his Critics

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

Gandhi, a film by Richard Attenborough, ran for weeks in theatres packed to capacity all over the world. Its extraordinary popularity may be attributed to the fact that it was released during one of those periodical spurts of the ‘peace movement’ that arose in response to the growing menace of a nuclear war. However, this very coincidence has provoked a strong reaction from those who dislike and distrust the peace movement. Some of Attenborough’s critics assailed not only the film but also its hero, with a spate of articles ridiculing and belittling Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps the most virulent attack came from Richard Grenier, a film critic writing for an American magazine, Commentary. Aside from criticising the film, Grenier also attacked Gandhi, Hinduism, and India. All this has renewed and revived interest in Gandhi and the debate is no longer confined to the academia.

Keywords:   Gandhi, Richard Attenborough, Richard Grenier, peace movement

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