Elie Kedourie

False Gandhi
March 21, 1983

Richard Attenborough's Gandhi purports to tell the life story of Mohandas K. Gandhi, known as the Mahatma—the Great Soul. In order to depict the hero and to bring home the special quality of his actions and his life, the director and the screenwriter construct a panorama of Indian history from World War I up to Independence in 1948. In the center of this panorama stands Gandhi, as though to indicate that the momentous events that a whole subcontinent experienced during this period had in him their epicenter and their cause.