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This is the story of India's Freedom Struggle between the years of 1825&1875.


Manoj Kumar


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilip Kumar ... Sanga / Kranti
Manoj Kumar ... Bharat / Kranti
Shashi Kapoor ... Shakti
Hema Malini ... Rajkumari Meenakshi
Shatrughan Sinha ... Kareem Khan
Parveen Babi ... Sureli
Sarika ... Sheetal
Nirupa Roy ... Radha
Prem Chopra ... Shambhu Singh
Pradeep Kumar Pradeep Kumar ... Shamsher Singh
Dheeraj Kumar Dheeraj Kumar ... Prince Heera
Shashikala ... Charumati (Shakti's Adopted Mother)
Madan Puri ... Sher Singh
Sulochana Latkar ... Rama (lady found child in the water) (as Sulochana)


The British did not give India its independence on a silver platter. Independence was the result of a long and bloody battle. "Kranti" is the story of how two men became soldiers in that battle. Sangha is a honest and dedicated employee in the kingdom of Ramgarh, owing allegiance and loyalty to no one except Raja Laxman Singh. When Laxman Singh conditionally permits the British to use the port for trading purposes, Sangha finds out that the British are taking out gold and jewelery and bringing in ammunition, he puts a stop to this. He goes to report this outrage to Laxman Singh, only to find him stabbed to death and he charged with treason and of killing him. Sentenced to death, he escapes and forms a group of revolutionaries who have only one motto - drive the British out of India. This group multiplies into several armies, all united with one slogan - an Independent India. Which is also known as Kranti. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

3 February 1981 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chama da Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Company Credits

Production Co:

V.I.P. Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vinod Khanna was in the cast of Kranti as he went away, Shashi Kapoor had replaced him in Kranti. Also then Parveen Babi went away in those days. Then her role was cut and some changes was done in the film and the difference was not seen, her double shot her last scene in the film. When Parveen came back she did the dubbing. Laxmikant- Pyarelal, worked out.for 2-3 months for the background music, and had to refuse other offers. After, Kranti, Manoj Kumar made a smaller film Painter Babu with newcomers and new music directors. In the 1980's Manoj Kumar made 4 productions, Painter Babu, Kalyug Aur Ramayana, Clerk & Deshwasi and Manoj Kumar had also written Ricky. Kalyug Aur Ramayan, Clerk & Deshwasi all 3 big major films were made toghether. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene from near the end of the movie Dilip Kumar's charactor Sanga catches fire while pulling a cart trying to save Minakshi. This scene was cut from the video version. See more »


Referenced in Sharaabi (1984) See more »

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A Bollywood Classic
27 August 2008 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I was totally impressed. This movie about the Indian resistance fighting the British oppressors is nothing short of an epic. I was very young and could not know that this movie wasn't entirely realistic. The typical Bollywood themes (examples:mother loosing child in the beginning of the movie and then by force of faith or extreme luck to be reunited with the child who now is an adult,or the love story of the spoiled and stuck up woman in this case a princess played by the wonderful Hema Malini who falls in love with someone beneath her class,the leader of a resistance group,Manoj Kumar) are a bit much and certainly not fitting in a story like this. Manoj Kumar's take on history is a melodrama combined with a lot of action. But to be honest that also is the appeal of this movie. This movie isn't to show what really happened back then. No,it is meant to show the emotions of the people that were victims of the British colonization. In that aspect you can compare this movie to Hollywood productions like "Braveheart" or "The Patriot" both starring Mel Gibson. But even more important is the way Manoj Kumar has directed this movie. When looking at the structure of "Kranti" movies like "The Longest day" and "A bridge too far" come to mind. It has the same setup and feel to it. Only accompanied by the obligatory song and dance (which was good but often too much and too distracting). The great cast,the good direction and it's powerful message have made "Kranti" into a movie that can be watched over and over again. In my book that is called a classic.

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