It's amazing how a foreign director made the most fascinating film on Bapu. Sir Richard Attenborough came to India with his dangerously ambitious project Gandhi sometime in late 1970s. Just imagine the kind of difficulties an English speaking gentleman was about to face during his research in a country that was, and still is, very hostile towards the on-screen portrayal of its political leaders. And, this was not only going to trouble him during pre-production as he was to work with Indian actors, who would have their own ideas of dealing with a professional foreign crew.
But, what stumped everybody was how the film turned out to be after the release. Till date, it is the most authentic film made on the Mahatma. Not that we haven't tried, but we have more or less failed to understand MK Gandhi as a man who overcame his deadly flaws by just being more human. The mammoth canvas of Gandhi established Attenborough as a maverick director with a great eye for details. A scene in the film features 3,00,000 support cast in an open field, and the energy with which it has been shot is contagious. No wonder this funeral scene makes our eyes moist, even now.Also read: Richard Attenborough, the auteur who brought Gandhi alive on screen, dead