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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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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
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Pradeep Kuckreja
Loveleen Mishra
Jennifer Molt
Suhasini Mulay
Govind Namdeo ...
Shankar
Nirmal Pandey
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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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Great insight into modern Indian history
25 September 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

An amazing movie on an Indian politician, which is probably better than Gandhi by Sir Attenborough. Paresh Rawal, always a brilliant actor, was outstanding in this movie. The subtleties of politics at that time, the characterization and the attention to minute details makes it a gripping movie from the start to the end. Yes, probably every aspect of Sardar's life was not covered but then it would be unrealistic to do so in a movie. The movie tries to portray the strong political will of the great man, especially during the biggest crisis state of Indian history, the partition, and succeeds in it. His quick decisiveness, his ability to convince Congress, his differences with Nehru on almost all major issues, are all lucidly elaborated and well executed. The movie game me goosebumps, that such a strong man indeed existed on Earth. Sardar Patel was responsible for shaping India as we currently know if. If only he was India's first Prime Minister (sigh). All in all, a must watch for all Indians, current politicians included!


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