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Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

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Heera
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Captain William Gordon
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Emily
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Jwala
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Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
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Narrator
Ben Nealon ...
Hewson
Habib Tanvir ...
Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Varsha Usgaonkar ...
Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
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Kent
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Watson
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Bakht Khan
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Azimullah
Amin Hajee ...
Vir Singh
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1857 AD. The entire Indian sub continent is ruled by a company. The British East India Company. The most successful business enterprise in history. The company has its own laws, its own administration, its own army. It controls the destiny of one fifth of humanity. Mangal Pandey - The Rising is an epic tale of friendship, betrayal, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of what the British called the sepoy mutiny but which for the Indians was the First War of Independence. 'Company Raj' as it was known, had been plundering the country, treating the locals unjustly and causing widespread resentment. After a hundred years of subjugation, the Indian consciousness is rising through the revolutionary prospect of change and self-rule. During a fierce battle in one of the Afgan wars that the Company fought in the mid-century, Mangal Pandey, the heroic sepoy, saves the life of his British commanding officer William Gordon. Gordon is indebted to Mangal and a strong friendship develops ... Written by Hariharan

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12 August 2005 (India)  »

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Budget:

INR 340,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£220,259 (UK) (12 August 2005)

Gross:

$874,380 (USA) (26 August 2005)
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Trivia

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally cast in the role of Jwala, but dropped out in the last minute because of contract problems. Ameesha Patel was given her role. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when the opening credits roll, a coin can be seen on which there are the following words "Victoria Empress". The events of the film are set in 1857, but Queen Victoria becomes Empress of India by the decision of the British Parliament only in 1876 and this is announced in India in 1877, twenty years after the story of the film. It is important, because the Mughal Emperor (Bahadur Shah II) still alive in 1857 is also shown in the film, and the British Queen gets this title long time after his deposition in 1857 and his death in 1862. See more »

Quotes

[Pandey marches in front of a cannon. The soldiers loading it look at him in shock]
Mangal Pandey: Fire!
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Connections

Featured in The Story of India: Freedom (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Mangal Mangal
Sung by Kailash Kher
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Impressive, Inspiring and truly amazing!
12 August 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The first thing you would want to do is stop comparing it to movie like Lagaan and Bhagat Singh. This movie brings a new freshness and perspective to Indian Cinema.

It's the story for a SIPOY called Managal Pandey who began the first revolt against East India Company rule in India. The story is not very gripping but that's were it makes a big difference. Aamir Khan who plays the role of Mangal Pandey is so much into the character. It's not being a Hero or how he inspired the freedom movement. Moreover, it's about how a man realizes the true meaning of freedom, self respect and courage.

This movie completely revolves around Mangal Pandey and William Gordon (Toby Stephen who plays the role of Captain in the East India Company). Toby has quite a role and he lives up to it. Rani Mukhurjee and Amisha are more like guest appearances as they don't drive the story. Rather they are very aptly used in the movie.

This movie is a must watch. The look in the eyes of Aamir Khan and Mangal Mangal Song is what you would take back home. Aamir khan is a legend in making!


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