The\r\nfilm spans 56 out of Gandhi's 79 years. It starts with his days in South\r\nAfrica, where Gandhi is seen as a young attorney, who is thrown out of a first\r\nclass compartment in spite of having a valid ticket. Angered at this\r\nhumiliation, Gandhi decides to protest for the rights of Indians and other\r\ncoloured people. It is here that he meets with his first success. His fame\r\nspreads to India and he is invited to return home to take part in the freedom\r\nstruggle. On arrival, he is shocked at the poverty in the country and\r\nundertakes to travel all over the country to witness, at first hand, the\r\natrocities of the British Empire. Gandhi's struggle to win freedom for India\r\nthrough his non-violent approach, his belief that men are more good than evil\r\nand his spiritual ideas all form a part of this saga, the biography of a\r\nfascinating world leader - both spiritual and political.