Sardar (1993)

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An account of Vallbhbhai Patel's political life while India was taking first steps as an independent country.



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Credited cast:
Paresh Rawal ...
Vallabhai Jhaverbhai "Sardar" Patel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Alter ...
Lord Mountbatten 'Dickey'
Riju Bajaj ...
Young Atmaram
Elisa D'Souza
Deepika Deshpande
Benjamin Gilani ...
Urmi Juvekar
Pradeep Kuckreja
Loveleen Mishra
Jennifer Molt
Suhasini Mulay
Govind Namdeo ...
Nirmal Pandey


Vallabhai Patel was born in a wealthy Gujarat-based family and initially did not take part in the freedom struggle, scoffed at Mohandas Gandhi, and referred to him as a Social Worker. But when Mohandas gave a speech in Ahmedabad during 1915, Vallabhai changed his mind, decides to immerse himself in the freedom struggle, and created awareness in the entire state of Gujarat so much so that he was considered eligible for the position of the first Prime Minister of an independent India. But when the Congress Working Committee supported Jawarhal Nehru, Vallabhai bowed out amidst intense debate on the creation of Pakistan by Mohammad Ali Jinnah of the Muslim League. While Mohandas was not inclined to endorse any move to partition India, Mountbatten, the British Viceroy, along with Jawarharlal, Vallabhai, and others were in favor of partitioning India and allowing Jinnah to create two Pakistan, one each on the borders of Rajastan and Bengal respectively, in order to prevent any bloodshed. ... Written by rAjOo (

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One of the best movies on politics at the time of India's independence
9 November 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies on politics at the time of India's independence.

A very well researched and well made film with excellent direction, screen play and performances. Very objective and bold film giving a amazing critical view on the life of Sardar Patel, his unmatched contributions to India's freedom and solidarity and also the politics of that time. A must watch for all esp. for those like me who were born decades after that era. I just wish if Sardar Patel had been India's first PM!!

Even though biographical - the film is extremely gripping and well paced. The performances of all the lead actors are excellent, but the screenplay and Ketan Mehta's direction takes the cake.

A truly National Award worthy film.


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