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Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

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This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sepoy Mangal Pandey
... Heera
... Captain William Gordon
Coral Beed ... Emily
... Jwala
... Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
... Narrator
Ben Nealon ... Hewson
Habib Tanvir ... Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Varsha Usgaonkar ... Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
... Kent
... Watson
... Bakht 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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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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Aamir Khan grew a moustache and longer hair for this film because he doesn't like wigs. See more »

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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 »

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[Pandey marches in front of a cannon. The soldiers loading it look at him in shock]
Mangal Pandey: Fire!
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Featured in The Story of India: Freedom (2007) See more »

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Rasiya
Sung by Richa Sharma and Bonnie Chakraborty
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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The Rising Rises to Unprecedented Heights!
16 August 2005 | by 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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