Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 30 mins

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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.
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji

Crew: Ketan Mehta (Director), Himman Dhamija (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, History, War

Release Dates: 12 Aug 2005 (India)

Tagline: Legend of Mangal Pandey

Hindi Name: मंगल पांडे

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Did you know? As part of a publicity campaign, the dairy company AMUL made several posters showing their trademark little girl dressed up in a Sepoy uniform and sporting long fake mustaches. They gave the name "MAKHAN AAN DE: THE SLICING." Read More
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as Sepoy Mangal Pandey
as Heera
as Ghoshal Babu
as Ms. Lockwood
as Hassan Ali
as Radhe Shyam
as Canning
as Behrampore Sargeant
as White Baby
as Poppy Field Villager 3
as Native announcer
as Jwala
as Vir Singh
as Chameli
as Choudhary
as Nainsukh
as Hewson
as British priest
as Bhujavan Shukla
as Slave trader
as Emily
as Tatya Tope
as Sepoy messenger
as Krupashankar Singh
as Gordon servant 1
as Bearer
as Yasmin
as Grant
as Collector
as Bahadur Shah Zafar
as Mr. Quartermaster
as Gulab
as Deendayal Awasthi
as Mr. Quartermaster
as Hearsey
as Relative villager
as Mrs. Canning
as Adjutant Bunbury
as Sufi Singer
as Kent
as Lol Bibi
as Anarkali
as Davar Ali
as Mrs. Wheeler
as Mendicant Musician
as Mendicant Musician
as Sati priest
as Jacob
as First officer
as Poppy Field Villager 1
as Kamla
as Bakht Khan
as Sheikh Paltu
as Aide to Maharaja
as Bangdu
as Susan
as Narrator
as Mendicant Musician
as Champa
as Pankhawala
as Brahmin sepoy
as Gordon servant 2
as Sarpanch
as Sufi Singer On Elephant
as Lol Bibi's Girl
as British doctor
as Bhola Tiwari
as Barrackpore Sargeant
as Ishwariprasad
as Mendicant Musician
as Poppy Field Villager 2
as Azimullah
as Patrick
as Nana Saheb
as Lockwood
as Sorabji
as Mitchell
as Old Woman / Kamla's mother-in-law
as Old Maharaja
as Rahmat Ali
as Peabody
as Captain William Gordon
as Watson
as Rani Laxmibai
as Zakhmi poet




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Screenplay Writer
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Casting Director

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Transportation Coordinator
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
English, Urdu
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
Converted to 3D
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Kailash Kher
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Kailash Kher
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Kailash Kher, Sukhwinder Singh
Legend of Mangal Pandey
You can kill a man, but not his dreams
An epic tale of friendship, love, loss and betrayal
India, 1857. One man rises against the Empire...
This August discover the birth of India's independence
The British forces are using an outdated form of shako. The form of shako used in 1857 had a top that was wider than the bottom.

In the beginning when the opening credits roll, a coin can be seen on which there are the following words "Victoria Empress". The events of the film are set in 1857, but Queen Victoria becomes Empress of India by the decision of the British Parliament only in 1876 and this is announced in India in 1877, twenty years after the story of the film. It is important, because the Mughal Emperor (Bahadur Shah II) still alive in 1857 is also shown in the film, and the British Queen gets this title long time after his deposition in 1857 and his death in 1862.

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.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally cast in the role of Jwala, but dropped out in the last minute because of contract problems. Ameesha Patel was given her role.

Prince Charles served as a clapper boy for some of the scenes while on a visit to the set.

Aamir Khan grew a moustache and longer hair for this film because he doesn't like wigs.

Aamir Khan cast Ameesha Patel in the film after he saw her on a game show on the BBC channel called "Question Time India". He was impressed by her IQ.

Hugh Jackman turned down the role of Captain William Gordon.

When Kiron Kher was first approached for the part of Noor Bibi, she turned it down for various reasons. The makers then signed on Maya Krishna Rao for the role and they shot the scenes with her. However, director Ketan Mehta and actor Aamir Khan were not happy with the scenes and performance, so they approached Kiron Kher again who then agreed to do the film.

'Kiera Knightley' was considered for the role of Emily Kent.

This is the first Indian film to open the Locarno Film Festival.

Ketan Mehta had first thought of making this film in 1988, with Amitabh Bachchan as Pandey.

As part of a publicity campaign, the dairy company AMUL made several posters showing their trademark little girl dressed up in a Sepoy uniform and sporting long fake mustaches. They gave the name "MAKHAN AAN DE: THE SLICING."

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.

It took director Ketan Mehta two years to complete this film because of the thorough research that went into the production.

During the shooting, when the crew was bored, Aamir Khan used to entertain them on the microphone by performing, especially "Aati Kya Khandala" and his popular TV commercial in which he played a Nepali guide.

Aamir Khan, known as a perfectionist, wanted to keep real long hair for the film. This caused the filming to begin late as his hair were very short after military cut in his last 'Dil Chahta Hai'.