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Sir Ben Kingsley, famous for his starring role as Gandhi, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film that was released in 1982. But do you know that he has an India connection? Yes, he was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire in UK. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical practitioner, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. In 2002 Buckingham Palace awarded him with Knighthood for services to the British film industry. He has also won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award