The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 36 mins

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'The Legend of Bhagat Singh' explicitly portrays how Singh came to develop his views on the British Raj and his struggle for Indian independence. This patriotic tale of struggle and sacrifice begins with scenes depicting how the British attempted to dispose of Singh's body, so that he could not be made into a martyr, and then flashbacks to the past to tell his story. Bhagat was born in British India during the year 1908. As a child he witnessed numerous atrocities committed on fellow Indians by their British rulers, who came to trade under the guise of the East India Company, but ended up controlling most of the nation, and permitting tyrants such as General Dyer to massacre thousands of innocent men, women and children in Jallianwala Baug. As a child he was impressed by Mohandas K. Gandhi, especially his call to launch the non-cooperation movement, which led to thousands of people burning British-made clothing, giving up schools, & college studies, and government jobs - only to be let down by Gandhi himself when he called off the movement. Undaunted, Bhagat decided to be a revolutionary, starting with getting into petty fights, then as a grown-up joining the Hindustan Republic Association. When Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death by the police, Bhagat, along with Shivram Rajguru, Sukhdev, and others daringly carried out the assassination of a police officer named Saunders, which eventually led to Bhagat's arrest, where he was lodged in a cell, tortured and beaten mercilessly. His father, Kishan, paid Rs.60,000/- and bailed him out, so that he could get him to run a diary-farm and get married to a girl from Manavali. But being a revolutionary was in Bhagat's blood, and when the British proposed the Trade Disputes and Public Safety Bills, he would initiate the bombing in the Indian Parliament Building, along with Batukeshwar Dutt, be arrested, and tried in an open court. This is where Bhagat launched his much-publicized revolution, and became popular with the masses, especially the younger generation, laborers, and farmers, so much so that his popularity rivaled that of Gandhi himself. Even in prison, Bhagat made headline news when he and other prisoners undertook a 63 day fast unto death to improve the conditions of Indian freedom-fighter prisoners. Then the British re-opened the Saunders' murder case, which led to death sentences being imposed on Bhagat, Shivram, and Sukhdev. The entire nation rose up in protest, including the Congress party - with the ball being in Gandhi's court - for he was due to sign the Irwing Pact, and Indians hoped that he would use this as a bargaining chip to save the lives of the heroic trio. Will Gandhi rise up to the occasion and save the trio - so that they could pave the way for a modern and independent India, not just a country ruled by the British with a dominant status - an India free of communal hatred, injustice, corruption, and fundamentalism, or will Gandhi end up disappointing Bhagat all over again?
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Cast: Ajay Devgan, Amrita Rao

Crew: Rajkumar Santoshi (Director), KV Anand (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, History

Release Dates: 07 Jun 2002 (India)

Hindi Name: थे लीजेंड ऑफ़ भगत सिंह

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Did you know? It is remarkable that this movie is Raj Kumar Santoshi's first and only historical epic film. Read More
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as Bhagat K. Singh
as Mannewali
Special Appearance
as Chandrashekhar Azad
as Ramsaran Das
Supporting Actor
as Vidyavati K. Singh
Supporting Actor
as Subhash Chandra Bose
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Gaya Prasad
as Kishorilal
Supporting Actor
as Kishan Singh
as Ajoy Ghosh
as Jawaharlal M. Nehru
Supporting Actor
as Prem Dutt
as Lala Lajpat Rai
as Jaidev Kapur
as Mohandas Karamchand 'Mahatma' Gandhi
as Sukhdev
as Motilal Nehru

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
Bengali, English, Hindi, Punjabi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Tips Music
01 
05:07
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Manmohan Waris, Sonu Nigam
02 
04:45
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh
03 
05:28
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
04 
01:47
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Sonu Nigam
05 
03:31
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh
06 
01:22
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Karthik, Sukhwinder Singh
07 
06:44
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Sonu Nigam, Hariharan
08 
02:15
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh
09 
05:41
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
10 
05:24
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh
Trivia:
The movie was critically acclaimed, and won several accolades and awards, most notably two National Film Awards, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, and three Filmfare Awards, including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie.

A historical feel was created by using a sepia tint throughout the film.

The director wanted Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to cast as Mannewali, but she was working on '23rd March 1931: Shaheed', which was also about Bhagat Singh.

It is remarkable that this movie is Raj Kumar Santoshi's first and only historical epic film.