Rang De Basanti (2006)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 51 mins

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'Rang De Basanti' is an intricately woven contemporary drama that delves into the collective psyche of the youth at different periods in Indian history – during the freedom struggle before independence from the British, and present-day. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men. As she gets involved in the process of recruiting the cast for her documentary, she befriends a group of people and becomes embroiled in their trials and triumphs. Ultimately, she sparks an extraordinary sequence of events that eerily mirror historical events. Will she succeed in completing her documentary? How will she be influenced by the events in the lives of the cast members, whom she befriends in the process of filming her documentary?
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Alice Patten, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan

Crew: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Director), Binod Pradhan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, History

Release Dates: 26 Jan 2006 (India)

Tagline: A generation awakens

Hindi Name: रंग दे बसंती

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as Daljeet 'DJ' / Chandrashekhar Azad
as Sue
as Laxman Pandey / Ramprasad Bismil
as Aslam / Ashfaqullah Khan
as Sukhi / Rajguru
as Karan R Singhania / Bhagat Singh
as Sonia / Durga Vohra
as Rajnath Singhania
as Batukeshwar Dutt
as Rahul
as Mitro / DJ's Mother
as DJ's Grandfather
as Taxi driver at the airport
as Defence Minister Shashtri
as Manmath nath
as Amanullah Khan / Aslam's Father
as Journalist
as Flight Lt. Ajay Rathod (as R. Madhavan)
as Mr. McKinley
as Mrs. Rathod

Direction

First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Production

Executive Producer
Line Producer
Production Manager

Writers

Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Sound

Sound Designer
Foley Artist
Sound Effects Editor

Art

Production Designer

Casting

Casting Director
Casting Assistant

Choreography

Choreographer

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer

Editorial

Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician

Thanks

Special Thanks

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Artist
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
English, Punjabi, Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 
01:31
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Harshdeep Kaur
02 
06:03
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Daler Mehndi
03 
03:39
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Mohammad Aslam, Naresh Iyer
04 
03:43
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
05 
06:19
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Mohammad Aslam
06 
03:01
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Mohit Chauhan
07 
03:09
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Blaaze, Naresh Iyer, Mohammad Aslam
08 
03:46
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar
09 
02:56
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Aamir Khan
10 
02:13
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Naresh Iyer, AR Rahman
Taglines:
A generation awakens
Goofs:
Miscellaneous
During one of the flashback sequences - set prior to 1947, the historical characters are on a roof of a building. In the distance is another large building, and, on its roof, is a large satellite dish.

Miscellaneous
The British commit the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre after the Kakori train robbery case. However, the robbery happened in 1925 and the massacre took place in 1918.
Trivia:
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi rewrote the ‘Sarfaroshi ki Tammna' song, by using one line to rewrite the entire song

‘Lukka Chuppi', was Prasoon's second song with Lata Mangeshkar

'Khoon Chala', was a song which used to be played at the candle march and after the Jessica Lal case, every news channel used to play it

Nobody understood the ‘Paathshaala' song from the film

In the ‘Khalbali', song from Rang De Basanti, Ziddi Rahman turned into Ziddi Armaan

Atal Bihari Vajpayee loved the lyrics of Rang De Basanti

The film went under severe controversy - first there was some uncertainty over shooting appropriate scenes inside the Amritsar Golden Temple; then the Indian Air Force requested an advance screening and caused an uproar on scenes showing corruption in the Indian Government and Air Force and the cover-up of an accidental plane crash; and finally, the 20-second horse race was cut on claims of cruelty to animals from the Animal Welfare Board.

The film was to be made both in Hindi and English versions. The English version was to be titled "Paint It Yellow". The plans for the English version were dropped subsequently.

In India, the color of saffron represents sacrifice. When someone says, "Main rang de basanti", ("paint me saffron") it means that person is ready to be sacrificed for a great cause. saffron is also a predominant color in the movie.

Aamir Khan was initially uncertain about taking on the role of DJ, as he was in his 40s and DJ was 25 years old Punjabi in the film. He eventually accepted, though, and hired a tutor to aid him in Punjabi speech and accents.

Hrithik Roshan turned down the role of Karan.

Shah Rukh Khan was the original choice for Flight Lieutenant Ajay Rathod's character, but he couldn't do it owing to his busy schedule. This cameo turned out to be the best bet of Madhavan in his career in Bollywood.

The title "Rang De Basanti" is based on a patriotic poem written by Dushyant Kumar.

A.R Rehman worked on the music of this film for three years.

This movie was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2007.

Shah Rukh Khan was the original pick to play DJ, but the shooting for the film was in Delhi, and Khan was forced to decline because he was shooting "Paheli" at the time, and did not want to conflict schedules.

Arjun Rampal was signed to do the film, but was irritated with director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's indecisiveness about what he wanted to do with the characters and the script. He called him "very confused" and "unprofessional" and dropped out. Arjun Rampal also stated his regret in even agreeing to do the film in that he lost a lot of good work in the three months he spent committed to it.