Herself, Indira Gandhi

1982, 58 mins


Robert Drew

Executive Producer - Editor - Writer

Anne Drew

Producer - Director - Editor - Narrator

Tom McDonough


J.N. Sharma


Mark Shelley


Thelma Vickroy

Editorial Assistant

Kathleen Macqueen

Editorial Assistant

Suresh Shottam

Original Music Composer


"Drew's intimate day-in-the-life chronicle is filled with many a striking vignette. We see an exhausted Gandhi, hot and grimy after campaigning all day with Rajiv sitting barefoot on a podium. It's more striking than even the famous photograph that showed a hole in the well-worn shoes of an exhausted Adlai E. Stevenson relaxing from the rigors of the presidential campaign."

Owen McNally, Hartford Courant

"A rare and intriguing glimpse into the life of India's prime minister"

Clarke Taylor, Los Angeles Times

"The program is enriched by the photography of Robert and Anne Drew"

Walter Goodman, The New York Times

"A film full of symbols of continuity and change"

Richard. M. Weintraub, The Washington Post

"The program's specialty is its intimate glimpses"

Walter Goodman, The New York Times

This up-close portrait of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi reveals the complex dynamics of the world’s largest democracy. Gandhi electrifies crowds as she travels throughout the country campaigning for her son, Rajiv, whom she has maneuvered into politics. It is clear she is preparing him to succeed her, as she did her father, Jawaharlal Nehru.

“I wanted to make this film for 10 years, because there’s not a woman in the world in a more dramatic situation,” director Anne Drew told an interviewer. “Over the past 10 years the drama has increased. I knew there was a complex story there.”

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