Richard Attenborough, the British actor, and filmmaker is best known for his multiple Oscar-winning movie ‘Gandhi,’ was one of the finest directors, the world has ever seen. He was also a part of the film Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg. Starting his career as an actor in 1940s, Richard achieved success in everything he tried his hands on.
Richard began his directing career in 1969 with the movie “Oh! What a lovely war,” an adaptation of a musical satire by Joan Littlewood. Apart from ‘Gandhi,’ he also directed the biopic of another legend, Charlie Chaplin, titled ‘Chaplin.’ Richard was never after the status of being a great filmmaker. He just wanted to be recalled as a good storyteller. In an acting career which spanned over 50 years, Richard got the most recognition for his role in the highest grossing movie of that time, ‘Jurassic Park.’ In 1967, Richard won a Golden Globe award for best-supporting actor for his role in the film, ‘Doctor Dolittle.’ His directorial debut, “Oh! What a lovely war” won six British Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. He continued with his acting after his directorial debut to collect money for his next movie as a director for, ‘Young Winston,’ a biopic of Winston Churchill, specifically his early life. The film did well, but the same can’t be said for his next film, ‘A Bridge Too Far,’ which, despite having big names, turned out to be a disaster. Richard had to go through a rough phase after this flopped movie, but he didn’t get demotivated and put all his focus and efforts on his next project, ‘Gandhi’ – a biopic of the leader of Indian freedom, Mahatma Gandhi. He had to sell his cars and other possessions to raise money for the production of the movie. Richard even did a lot of ordinary roles during this time. After all these efforts, Richard finally got financial support from India’s National Film Development Corp and Goldcrest Films. He auditioned several actors before eventually settling on Ben Kingsley. The film turned out to be a milestone in the history of filmmaking. It won eight Oscars, out of which two went to Richard Attenborough for best director and the best producer. Richard wrote a book to share his experiences and challenges he faced in creating this masterpiece. He directed several movies after ‘Gandhi,’ but none could touch the level of ‘Gandhi.’ He directed ‘Cry Freedom,’ a story set in South African movement against racism. The film got a lot of appreciation from the film critics. His movie ‘Chaplin,’ the biopic of Charlie Chaplin, didn’t impress many. He came up with his autobiography, ‘Entirely Up to You, Darling,’ in 2008.
Richard took his last breath on 24th August 2014 in Northwood, UK. The entire film world mourned at his death. Being one of the revolutionary filmmakers of his time, the struggles and perseverance of Richard will always be celebrated and hold a special place in the Hall of Fame. The world will remember his genius for centuries to come.