‘Gandhi’, the First Indian Movie to Win Oscar
There are very few Bollywood movies that won Oscar that we all know, but what we don’t know is that the first Indian movie that won an Oscar was 1982’s ‘Gandhi’. This movie not just won 11 nominations and 8 awards, it created quite a sensation at the reputed awards function as well. Just imagine a time when there was no media and no technology and even then this movie became a sensation and impacted the entire world.
In the movie ‘Gandhi’ Sir Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi and Rohini Hattangadi played the role of Kasturba Gandhi. With such a versatile star cast and such brilliant performances, it was ought to be a success that everybody knew, but what they didn’t know was that it will become a sell-out in the entire world. The movie is about Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent ways that helped him in sending the British back to their home ground.
‘Gandhi’ was produced by an Indo-British production house which was a first of its own kind. Also, it was the first time that a foreign director made a film on India’s father Gandhi. The actress of the movie, Rohini Hattangadi, in an interview said that this movie was quite tough for her because she had to play the wife of Mahatma Gandhi and also because she had to play two parts of the same character. In one she had to act like a 27-year-old and in the other half, she had to play a 78-year-old lady. But, even then, she surpassed expectations and played the role with perfection.
It might be that in the future several movies will win Oscars or the nominations, but no movie can be as good as ‘Gandhi’ because it became a success when there was a dearth of knowledge and technology. Hats off to a movie that was based on the father of our nation, you made India proud.