Set in the year 1857 AD, at a time when the entire Indian sub continent was churning with turmoil under British tyranny, '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 between them, transcending consideration of rank and race.
The friendship is soon challenged with the introduction of a new rifle called the Enfield. The new rifle came with a new cartridge which is rumored to be coated with the grease of cow and pig fat and needed to be bitten before it is loaded. This ignites anger and resentment among the Indian sepoys. The cow was considered to be sacred to the Hindus and the pig forbidden to the Muslims. They refuse to touch such a 'kartoos' (gun cartridge) as it would defile them.
Set in one of the most beautiful backgrounds, told across the divides of time, Mangal Pandey - The Rising tells the tale of friends, lovers and enemies, exploiters and exploited, and the growth and awareness of a man and a nation. It is a story of one man and his dream of freedom. This sweeping epic is based on real historical events, seen as a trigger for Indian independence.
Did you know?
After Aishwarya Ra Bachchan turned down the part of Jwala, Rani Mukerji was given the script to read and consider taking over for the part of Jwala. However Rani liked the character of Heera so much that she asked if she could play her instead. The part was much smaller at the time, but changes were made to the script to give her character more storyline. Read More