Charlie Chaplin With Mahatma Gandhi In A Canning Town, 1931 (Colorized)
Chaplin was enamored with Gandhi's philosophy
It's one thing to see a black and white photo of Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi. Absent of color, a photo of these men would look simply be that: a photo. A colorized version of the same photograph does so much more. It makes you feel like you're actually there in the moment. You can see What these men looked like to their friends and family, and more importantly, what they looked like to each other.
Chaplin and Gandhi met in 1931. While the film star knew exactly who Gandhi was, Gandhi had no idea about Chaplin's work or his fame. Chaplin writes in his biography that the two men met in a home somewhere off the East India Dock Road with press in tow. There the two spoke about England, India, and everything in between.
Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi became titans of their era, albeit in vastly different walks of life. Chaplin rose from the gutters of poverty, beginning life as a performer on the streets. During his teenage years of entertaining crowds in endless music halls, he developed a persona, the Tramp, that he parlayed into a 75 year run of adulation and adoration.
Gandhi, on the other hand, began life as a struggling lawyer in India before moving to South Africa. There he delved into nonviolent resistance and advocated for civil rights, morphing into a symbol that transcended race, creed, or color. Despite these men’s lofty achievements, they remained far from perfect. Each possessed dark sides largely left uncovered, thanks to their larger-than-life personas and achievements.