Director: Richard Attenborough; Writer: John Briley; Producer: Richard Attenborough, Rani Dubé, Suresh Jindal, Michael Stanley-Evans; Cinematographer: Ronnie Taylor, Billy Williams; Editor: John Bloom; Cast: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Günther Maria Halmer, Athol Fugard, Saeed Jaffrey, Geraldine James, Alyque Padamsee, Amrish Puri, Ian Bannen, Michael Bryant, John Clements, Richard Griffiths, Nigel Hawthorne, Bernard Hepton, Michael Hordern, Shreeram Lagoo, Om Puri, Virendra Razdan, Richard Vernon, Harsh Nayyar, Prabhakar Patankar, Vijay Kashyap, Nigam Prakash, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Shane Rimmer, Peter Harlowe, Anang Desai, Winston Ntshona, Peter Cartwright, Marius Weyers, Richard Mayes, Alok Nath, Dean Gasper, Ken Hutchison, Norman Chancer, Gulshan Kapoor, Charu Bala Chokshi, Raj Chaturvedi, Avpar Jhita, Anthony Sagger, David Gant, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray Burdis, Daniel Peacock, Avis Bunnage, Caroline Hutchison, Mohan Agashe, Sudhanshu Mishra, Dina Nath, John Savident, John Patrick, Michael Godley, Stewart Harwood, Stanley McGeagh, Christopher Good, David Markham, Jyoti Sarup, John Naylor, Wilson George, Hansu Mehta, Sudarshan Sethi, Sunila Pradhan, Moti Makan, Jalal Agha, Rupert Frazer, Manohar Pitale, Homi Daruvala, K.K. Raina, Vivek Swaroop, Raja Biswas, Dominic Guard, Bernard Hill, Rama Kant Jha, Nana Palsikar, Alpna Gupta, Chandrakant Thakkar, John Quentin, Graham Seed, Keith Drinkel, Bob Babenia, Gerald Sim, Colin Farrell, Sanjeev Puri, Gareth Forwood, Vijay Crishna, Sankalp Dubey, James Cossins, Gurcharan Singh, John Vine, Geoffrey Chater, Ernest Clark, Habib Tanvir, Pankaj Mohan, Subhash Gupta, Aadil, Rajeshwar Nath, S.S. Thakur, Rahul Gupta, Barry John, Brian Oulton, James Snell, John Boxer, Gerard Norman, Bernard Horsfall, Richard Leech, Pankaj Kapur, Tarla Mehta, David Sibley, Dalip Tahil, Stanley Lebor, Terrence Hardiman, Monica Gupta, Jon Croft, William Hoyland, John Ratzenberger, Jack McKenzie, Tom Alter, Jane Myerson, Roop Kumar Razdan, Bani Sharad Joshi, Vagish Kumar Singh, Dilsher Singh, Sudhir Dalvi, Tilak Raj, Irpinder Puri, Pren Kapoor, Vinay Apte, Aswani Kumar, Avinash Dogra, Shreedhar Joshi, Suhas Palshikar, Karkirat Singh, Shekhar Chatterjee, Amarjeet, Pratap Desai, Bhatawadekar Prakash, Sunil Shende, Rovil Sinha, Rodney Cardiff, Harold Coyne, Mabel Etherington, Ron Gregory, Derek Lyons, Alf Mangan, Peter Ross-Murray, Gito Santana, Manoj Shah, Stephen M. Silverman, John Tatum, Fred Wood
Summary: In 1893, Mohandas K. Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian and traveling in a first class compartment. Gandhi realizes that the laws are biased against Indians and decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and the unwanted attention of the world, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa. After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India's independence from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi's occasional imprisonment. Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure. Too weak from World War II to continue enforcing its will in India, Britain finally grants India's independence. Indians celebrate this victory, but their troubles are far from over. Religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims erupt into nation-wide violence. Gandhi declares a hunger strike, saying he will not eat until the fighting stops. The fighting does stop eventually, but the country is divided. It is decided that the northwest area of India, and eastern part of India (current day Bangladesh), both places where Muslims are in the majority, will become a new country called Pakistan (West and East Pakistan respectively). It is hoped that by encouraging the Muslims to live in a separate country, violence will abate. Gandhi is opposed to the idea, and is even willing to allow Muhammad Ali Jinnah to become the first prime minister of India, but the Partition of India is carried out nevertheless. Gandhi spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations. He thereby angers many dissidents on both sides, one of whom finally gets close enough to assassinate him.