GandhiGandhi is the family name of a number of prominent 20th century Indian politicians and leaders. It is most commonly used to refer to Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), one of the leaders of India's independence movement, frequently called Mahatma Gandhi, and known to Indians as the Father of the Nation. It may also be used to refer to the Gandhi family, descendants of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and a major force in Indian politics. Some important members of this dynasty were:
- Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru; no relation to Mohandas Gandhi; got last name Gandhi after marrying Feroze Gandhi
- Rajiv Gandhi (1944-1991), son of Indira Gandhi
- Sanjay Gandhi (1946-1980), son of Indira Gandhi
- Sonia Gandhi (born 1947?), widow of Rajiv Gandhi
Gandhi, the movie
The 1982 film Gandhi (film) is a dramatized biography of Mohandas Gandhi, the non-violent leader of the Indian revolt against the British colonial government. Mohandas Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley, who won an Academy Award for his performance. The movie, directed by Richard Attenborough, also received 7 other Academy Awards, including those for best picture and best director.
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