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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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Hewson
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Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
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Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
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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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1857: The Rising  »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 340,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$475,243 (United Arab Emirates) (12 August 2005)

Gross:

$874,380 (USA) (28 August 2005)
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The film started as Kissa Kartoos in 1995. Sanjay Dutt was playing the lead. After his arrest the film was shelved. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Captain William Gordon: If you kill this man, Mangal Pandey, it will lead to the fall of this company!
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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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The Rising Rises to Unprecedented Heights!
16 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw The Rising on Saturday at the 3p.m. show at Naz8 in Lakewood,Southern California. I loved it so much that I went to see it again at9.30 p.m. show at Cinema City in Anaheim Hills which is nearer my home in Yorba Linda.This time I loved it even more.On Sunday I saw it for the third time with my son and his wife and a cousin of mine.That is three times in two days. I plan to see it again tomorrow with my wife and some friends.I do not want to describe a scene or give away any part of the story because I might be accused of being a spoiler.My point is to inform my readers that finally a film has emerged from India that takes us back to the golden era of movies, when dedicated filmmakers like MehboobKhan, when geniuses like Naushad and Majrooh Sultanpuri,when committed filmmakers like Guru Dutt touched our hearts and our souls.When K.Asifmade Mughal-E-Azam which retains its magic and luster even forty-five years after its release.The Rising is that kind of movie.It tells us, in no uncertain terms,what a movie can do and what movie magic is all about.After MehboobKhan, Ketan Mehta is another gift from Gujarat to the Bombay film industry.He has directed The Rising with amazing dexterity and professional competence.His cameraman Dhamija is almost as good asFaredoon Irani, Jal Mistry or R.D.Mathur.And they as everyone knows were giants.The art direction, the editing, the choreography is topnotch.And as far as performances are concerned it will be a long time before somebody even comes close to Aamir Khan.He has stretched himself to the limit and then gone beyond it.Toby Stephens gives him excellent support.Rani and Amisha in their small roles are effective.The team ofJaved Akhtar and A.R. Rahman are once again at their very best.Rahman'background score, though unobtrusive, is awesome.This is a movie that keeps you absorbed from start to finish.It is gripping, entertaining and what's more enlightening.And with each viewing you like it more.It deserves to be India's entry for the Oscars.If it is sent by India,it will definitely be nominated in all eligible categories and win inmost categories, especially in the best foreign film category.The entire team behind the creation of this great movie deserves to be applauded and congratulated.They have made India proud.


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