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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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Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
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Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
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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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12 August 2005 (India)  »

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1857: The Rising  »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 340,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 172,609,000 (India), 19 August 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,018, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$874,380, 28 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

The British forces are using an outdated form of shako.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

[Pandey marches in front of a cannon. The soldiers loading it look at him in shock]
Mangal Pandey: Fire!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Holi Re
Sung by Aamir Khan, Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Srinivas and Chinmaye
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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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