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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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Jwala
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Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
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Ben Nealon ...
Hewson
Habib Tanvir ...
Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Varsha Usgaonkar ...
Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
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Kent
Tom Alter ...
Watson
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Bakht Khan
Shahbaaz Khan ...
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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Aamir Khan, known as a perfectionist, wanted to keep real long hair for the film. This caused the filming to begin late as his hair were very short after military cut in his last 'Dil Chahta Hai'. 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 »

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Hewson: Say you are a black dog!
Mangal Pandey: You are a Black Dog!
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Sung by Sukwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Kartik Das Baul and Chorus
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Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Truly Inspiring !
12 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie on the first day of its worldwide release. The theaters were full and understandably so. There has been much publicity done for the movie besides scheduling a worldwide simultaneous release and bringing back a "new look" Aamir Khan after a long sabbatical. And the 18 months Aamir spent growing his hair , has come to full fruition with an acting performance like the one in this movie.

The sedition of 1857 which signaled the inception of the Indian Independence process and the eventual exaltation of Mangal Pandey is a much sought after theme in mainstream Indian cinema. There have been a couple of very good adaptations of this theme in the past. What distincts this one from the rest is probably the inspiring presence of Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan's acting is stupendous. Classically portraying the unnerving bravado known to have been a distinct possession of Mangal Pandey in Indian history books, Aamir Khan sports long hair and a lengthy moustache , while he abuts cannons, crafts uprisings and inspires the audiences. Although adhering a lot to the quotes of history, Ketan Mehta has exercised some freedom. In fact, Aamir Khan himself was found quoting something to this effect in an interview to a certain magazine.

The movies shortcomings come from a vain effort to include the quintessence of Bollywood cinema in this movie - song , dance and color. Also , there is the superfluous sleaze. Ketan Mehta seems to have had a itching inclination towards resorting to song and dance at the turn of every climax. This movie could have been a masterpiece if only they would have lost the couple of female "leads" to oblivion and lessened some of the "color".


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