The author of “Why Is God Laughing?” enjoyed “The Ten Commandments,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Dr. Zhivago” in their first runs, but the ultimate movie epic for him remains “Gandhi.” It didn’t matter that he already knew the story.
To see Richard Attenborough’s 1982 biopic “reinforced a particular consciousness,” says Deepak Chopra. “It was great to see those stories visually represented. It was emotional. I had a kind of reawakening to the realization that courage can mean so many things, that this kind of courage actually requires more strength. We usually associate courage with war, and we give medals to those who kill the most people. ‘Gandhi’ was a powerful influence for my perception of what it really means to be a hero.”