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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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Storyline

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)  »

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Box Office

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

Ketan Mehta had first thought of making this film in 1988, with Amitabh Bachchan as Pandey. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Mangal has the vermillion mark on his forehead. Later on, while they wait for a new executioner, Mangal sits in the jail cell with no markings on his forehead. Then Heera comes and places the vermillion on him. Since this happens after the initial scene, Mangal's forehead should have been clear in the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Mangal Pandey: What is "company"?
Captain William Gordon: In your Ramayana there was one villain "Ravana" who had ten heads, company has a hundred heads and they're all joined by the glue of greed.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Al Maddath Maula
Sung by A.R. Rahman, Murtuza and Qadir
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Sweet amazing surprise
21 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie with a friend of mine from India. I was going because of her, expecting to be bored to death. I was wrong! The Rising is one of these movies that are larger, bigger than life. The amazing powerful music sets the tone to a legend of a great folk hero for Indians. The acting, in most cases, was haunting. The cinematography was breathtaking and the songs, and I am not a big fan of people singing and dancing in movies, were magical and helped move the story along. Of course, it was a big history lesson form me (though the producers warn you that some of this is fictionalized), but I have a better understanding of the Indian culture now. I finally get to see Toby Stephens\playing a role that doesn't involve him being mean, a villain or plain evil.


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