When Chaplin Met Gandhi

When Chaplin Met Gandhi
Stephanie Lai
by Stephanie Lai from London GBR on 11 Feb 2012

The photo was taken just before the play started.
I have just been to Eastlea Community School to see the play called When Chaplin Met Gandhi. The performance was very good and I have thoroughly enjoyed. If anyone is interested, there will be another performance at 6pm this evening.
Instead of doing their work placements, thirteen pupils from Eastlea Community School have learnt from five professional to improve their acting skills. Together, they have produced the play, which has been written by Jim Kenworth and is based on the true events of 1931 when British-born Hollywood star Charlie Chaplin requested a meeting with the father of Indian independence and non-violent protest Mahatma Gandhi. Both Gandhi and Chaplin were in London at the same time. Instead of staying in a West End hotel, Gandhi chose to live in an East London community centre. Charlie Chaplin was also in London for the British premiere of City Lights and wanted to meet Gandhi. The latter had no idea who Chaplin was and the comic was dismissed by his secretaries as ‘just a buffoon’. Fortunately, when Gandhi found out that Chaplin’s art was rooted in the life of working people and that his movies gave a voice to the plight of the poor, he agreed to the meeting. Gandhi is played by Kulvinder Ghir, star of Bend It Like Beckham and Goodness Gracious Me as Gandhi.


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