Bold and brave, this is a story about the youth of India today. A young, London based film-maker chances upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British police force in India during the freedom struggle. Excited about these memoirs, she makes plans to shoot a film on the Indian revolutionaries mentioned in the diaries.
She comes down to Delhi, and casts a group of five friends to play the pivotal roles of these revolutionaries. However, products of modern India, the five youngsters initially refuse to be part of the project, as they don't identify with these characters from the past. Not surprising, considering that they're part of a generation of Indians that believes in consumerism. To them issues like patriotism and giving one's life for one's beliefs is the stuff stuffy text- books are made of. They would rather party than be patriots.
In the film both the 1930's British India and the India Today run parallel and intersect with each other at crucial points. As the film reaches its resolution the line between past and present blur's, as they become one in spirit.
Miscellaneous During the flashback sequences - set prior to 1947, while the historical characters are on the roof of a building, in the distance is another large building with a large satellite dish on its roof.
Miscellaneous The British committed the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre after the Kakori train robbery case. However, the robbery happened in 1925 and the massacre took place in 1918.
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi rewrote the song 'Sarfaroshi ki Tammna' by just using one line.
The song 'Lukka Chuppi' was Prasoon Joshi's second song with Lata Mangeshkar.
The song 'Khoon Chala' was used to play at the candle march and also after the Jessica Lal case, the news channels also started playing it.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee loved the lyrics of the the movie Rang De Basanti.
There was an English version planned and titled as 'Paint It Yellow" but was dropped subsequently.
In India, the color saffron represents sacrifice, and when someone says, "Main rang de basanti" (paint me saffron), it means the person is ready to be sacrificed for a great cause hence saffron being a predominant color in the movie.
Flight Lieutenant Ajay Rathod's character was initially to be played by Shah Rukh Khan, but he couldn't due to his busy schedule and this cameo by Madhavan turned out to be the best bet in his career in Bollywood.
The title is inspired from a patriotic poem written by Dushyant Kumar.
A.R. Rahman worked on the music score for three years.
This was India's official entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2007.
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