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The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

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.



(screenplay), (Hindi dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain William Gordon
Coral Beed ...
Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
Ben Nealon ...
Habib Tanvir ...
Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Varsha Usgaonkar ...
Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
Bakht Khan
Amin Hajee ...
Vir Singh


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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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (India)  »

Also Known As:

1857: The Rising  »

Box Office


INR 340,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£220,259 (UK) (12 August 2005)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Mangal Pandey: You have tasted a black man's loyalty - now taste his *fury*!
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Featured in The Story of India: Freedom (2007) See more »


Main Vari Vari
Sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Reena Bhardwaj
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie today and it was so good that I had to write something about it. We have all waited for Amir Khan movie for long and now we know what took him so long to complete this one, its probably his best after Lagaan, awesome performances, very thrilling sequences and superb direction/ story. Its worth every penny and every minute of your time.

" All up MANGAL PANDAY-THE RISING is hands down one of the BEST films to come out of Bollywood Cinema in one time and is a film that commands respect while arousing patriotic feelings in full blast without being jingoistic. While watching the movie the viewer appreciates the very fundamental thing that we have as a Indian today-FREEDOM. A standing ovation to the entire team of MANGAL PANDAY...and I would even go as far as to call it a Modern Day Classic!"

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