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The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

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The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sukhdev
D. Santosh ...
Akhilendra Mishra ...
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Kishan Singh
Farida Jalal ...
Vidyavati K. Singh
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Mannewali
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Jailor (as Mukesh Tewari)
Surendra Rajan ...
Saurabh Dubey ...
Swaroop Kumar ...
Motilal Nehru
Arun Patwardhan ...
Madan Mohan Malviya
Keneth Desai ...
Subhash Chandra Bose (as Kenneth Desai)
Sitaram Panchal ...
Lala Lajpat Rai
Bhaswar Chatterjee ...
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Bhagat was born in British India during the year 1908. As a child he witnessed numerous atrocities committed on fellow Indians by their British rulers, who came to trade under the guise of the East India Company, but ended up controlling most of the nation, and permitting tyrants such as General Dyer to massacre thousands of innocent men, women and children in Jallianwala Baug. As a child he was impressed by Mohandas K. Gandhi, especially his call to launch the non-cooperation movement, which led to thousands of people burning British-made clothing, giving up schools, & college studies, and government jobs - only to be let down by Gandhi himself when he called off the movement. Undaunted, Bhagat decided to be a revolutionary, starting with getting into petty fights, then as a grown-up joining the Hindustan Republic Association. When Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death by the police, Bhagat, along with Shivram Rajguru, Sukhdev, and others daringly carried out the assassination of a ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Raj Kumar Santoshi's first and only historical epic film. See more »

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Excellent representation of one of India's freedom fighters

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a wonderful representation of India, in the middle of its struggle to throw the British out. As with any with movie with a historical basis, I was a nervous that Bollywood would use artistic license to cheapen the story. In fact, the director, Santoshi shows in details how Bhagat came to develop his views of the British with very little outside distraction.

Ajay Devgan is excellent as a the title character, bringing the necessary passion that only he can provide with his steel-y stare. Of particular note is the scene showing the freedom fighters telling Gandhi to stop working within the British framework. Westerners can see the parallel between Gandhi's nonviolent methods and the more revolutionary Bhagat Singh with Martin Luther King's methods vs Malcolm X "by any means necessary" credo.

As the last reviewer mentioned, it's a great reference for those interested in India's independence struggle and it truly reinvigorated my interest in Indian history.

See this movie if you enjoy eastern history, but won't go for the traditional Bollywood flick.


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Excellent Film, but Overemphasizes B. Singh's Importance ragavacharyar
Are the incidents shown all true... was Gandhi an opportunist? arnabc2003
Is that the actual (i.e. Hindi) movie title ?? jm-opdebeeck
Remember bhagat singh and post the freedom slogan chitturikiran15
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