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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Sepoy Mangal Pandey
Rani Mukerji ... Heera
Toby Stephens ... Captain William Gordon
Coral Beed 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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Storyline

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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu | English

Release Date:

12 August 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

1857: The Rising See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital | DTS

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film scholar Omer Mozaffar of RogerEbert.com commented that this film is a study in imperialism and sensitivity, comparing the issue of the rifle grease to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. The inciting event that leads to the Rising could have been avoided or quickly rectified. However, in the context of the situation, it was a larger issue of unrest due to negligent power brokers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Captain William Gordon: If you kill this man, Mangal Pandey, it will lead to the fall of this company!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rasiya
Sung by Richa Sharma and Bonnie Chakraborty
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Mangal Mangal Mangal
9 October 2005 | by deeppalsSee all my reviews

I liked the whole atmosphere of the movie and the professional outlook. There should be more movies like this rather than the same soapy mushy mushy romantic movies.

The story built up nicely, from the point where Mangal (Aamir Khan) was just a normal soldier to the point of him fighting for freedom and leading from the front. The Foreign cast in the movie such as Toby also did a great cast in making the movie professional rather than a joke.

Heera(Rani Mukherjee) and Amisha did a good job although their roles were small. But it was needed since the emphasis was not them but Mangal.

All in all, a worthwhile movie. Although many dispute its originality and historical facts, with the amount of historical facts available, the movie was well directed and shot. Inspiring and the ending made my heart heavier .


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