In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.
British film director Richard Attenborough died on Sunday at the age of 90. He directed classic films like Gandhi with powerful messages of positive social change, but also appeared on-screen in much-loved roles in Jurassic Park and other movies.
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