Sir Ben Kingsley, best remembered for his portrayal of Gandhi in the 1982 film biopic on the Father of the Nation, is coming back to India to shoot for an international film this year. “I may be doing a film in Calcutta. When do the rains stop there? Around September-October hopefully,” he tells us over the phone from Los Angeles in an exclusive interview.
Rumours are rife that he might also be visiting Gujarat to trace his roots, dating back to two generations of migration. The 69-year-old, whose real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji, says, “I’m not sure what the schedule is. It changes all the time. But that sounds like a nice idea.”
Meanwhile, Sir Ben, who gets to come to India “may be once every five years,” will be seen playing the iconic comic book villain The Mandarin in superhero flick, Iron Man 3. It hits the screens here on Friday, a week before its US release, and has the actor all excited.
“Oh wow! that’s great! That’s great news. I didn’t realise that (it’s releasing in India before the US),” he says.