All of the photographs in this book appear courtesy of the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi, with the exception of the image on page 111(opposite), taken during the filming of the 1982 movie Gandhi. Producer-director Sir Richard Attenborough (left) performs a respectful "pranam", the Indian equivalent of a handshake, for villagers to emulate as Ben Kingsley portrays Gandhi.
To prepare for making his incredibly fine film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Richard studied Gandhi's own writings and speeches and all of the biographies written about him.
Gandhi was filmed almost entirely on location in India, and was released by Columbia Pictures.
Richard Attenborough's international film and stage career as an actor, producer and director spans 40 years. Among the films he has acted in are The Grate Escape, The Sand Pebbles, and Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players. He directed Oh! What a Lovely War, Young Winston, and A Bridge Too Far. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1976. Sir Richard is the author of In Search of Gandhi. Married with one son and two daughters, Sir Richard lives in West London. His younger brother, David, is famous on both sides of the Atlantic for his television series and book, Life on Earth.