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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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Ketan Mehta

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H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Farrukh Dhondy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Sepoy Mangal Pandey
Rani Mukerji ... Heera
Toby Stephens ... Captain William Gordon
Coral Beed ... Emily
Ameesha Patel ... Jwala
Kiron Kher ... Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
Om Puri ... Narrator
Ben Nealon Ben Nealon ... Hewson
Habib Tanvir Habib Tanvir ... Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Varsha Usgaonkar ... Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
Kenneth Cranham ... Kent
Tom Alter ... Watson
Mukesh Tiwari ... Bakht Khan
Shahbaaz Khan ... Azimullah
Amin Hajee Amin Hajee ... Vir Singh
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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. 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 between them, transcending consideration of rank and race. The friendship is soon challenged by the introduction of a new rifle called the Enfield . The new rifle has come with a new cartridge which is rumored to be coated with the grease of cow and pig fat. The new cartridge has to be bitten before it is loaded, which ignites anger and resentment among the Indian sepoys. The cow is sacred to the ... Written by Hariharan

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally cast in the role of Jwala, but dropped out in the last minute because of contract problems. Ameesha Patel was given her role. 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 »

Quotes

Mangal Pandey: What is "company"?
Captain William Gordon: In your Ramayana there was one villain "Ravana" who had ten heads, company has a hundred heads and they're all joined by the glue of greed.
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Featured in The Story of India: Freedom (2007) See more »

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Mangal Mangal
Sung by Kailash Kher
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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A magnum epic 4 years in the making
15 August 2005 | by mbanwaitSee all my reviews

Kudos to Aamir Khan for the dedication he put into the production of The Rising, an unfairly over-hyped film, that sets out to deliver the story of Mangal Pandey.

The fact that Aamir took 4 years to make this film complete with growing his locks and that awesome moustache along with tons of research is an anomaly in the Bollywood film industry. Films are churned out 3/day at the last estimate, but Aamir being the professional he is, waited years to make this movie after the unprecedented success of his Oscar nominated Lagaan.

Without a doubt Aamir carries the film on his shoulders. There were many naysayers about the fact that Aamir may have been a bit lacking in the height department for the role of a freedom fighter, but when you see his towering performance on screen, his small frame is all but forgotten.

The man is Indian Cinmas answer to Edward Norton from Hollywood. A great actor for his generation who is going to continue to bring Indian cinema (not bollywood masala flicks) to the international audience....i think it's his calling. Amitabh Bachchan seems to have chickened out of this task of elevating Indian cinema to an art rather than a mockery that it usually is.

Without a doubt another actor who comes close to stealing the film away from Aamir is British actor Toby Stephens... i was under the impression that his role would be quite small. Instead he has a fully fledged three dimensional character who is in the entire movie. And on top of that, he acts the entire movie in Hindi. A best supporting actor nod is in order.

This film could theoretically get an Oscar nod (unfortunately a win maybe a hard sell). The songs are probably distracting for a Western audience, but they'll have to live with them.

The film does fall short of being an all time classic. But i think we may have to wait for the initial hype to settle down, because the movie is without a doubt the best one of 2005.

The film is slow to start, with the first half being an introduction of all the characters. But pre-interval, the story and Aamir Khan rev into the 6th gear, getting ready for the inevitable Rising post interval.

Get this. I think the movie could have been a bit longer. A little more development was needed with some of the glossed over aspects of British rule.

But, all in all, a magnificent effort from all involved, especially Aamir Khan and Toby Stephens.

8/10


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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

INR340,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,018, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$954,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,142,076
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2.35 : 1
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