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The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

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Based on the life and times of Mangal Pandey, 1857: The Rising is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

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Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
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Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
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Tom Alter ...
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Shahbaaz Khan ...
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Amin Hajee ...
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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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During the shooting, when the crew was bored, Aamir Khan used to entertain them on the microphone by performing, especially "Aati Kya Khandala" and his popular TV commercial in which he played a Nepali guide. See more »

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The British forces are using an outdated form of shako. The form of shako used in 1857 had a top that was wider than the bottom. See more »

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Mangal Pandey: I am Hindustan.
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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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