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Mangal Pandey The Rising

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Genre : Action | Biography | Drama | History | War
language : Hindi Movie Hindi
Printed Format : Colour
Release Year : 2005
Release Info : 12 August 2005
Aspect Ratios : 2.35:1
Mangal Pandey The Rising
Hindi Movie  2005
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About Mangal Pandey The Rising

Mangal Pandey: The Rising (Indian title) or The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (international title) (released in India on 12 August 2005) is an Indian movie based on the life of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier who is known for his role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857. It is directed by Ketan Mehta, produced by Bobby Bedi, and with a screenplay by Farrukh Dhondy. This movie marked the comeback of Aamir Khan who went into a hiatus after Dil Chahta Hai released in 2001. Aamir Khan plays the lead role of Mangal Pandey who was a Sepoy whose actions helped spark the Indian rebellion of 1857. The rebellion is also known as "The First War of Indian Independence", "The Sepoy Mutiny" or "The Sepoy Rebellion".

The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey (Aamir Khan) is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his British commanding officer, William Gordon (portrayed by Toby Stephens). Gordon is indebted to Pandey and a strong friendship develops between them, transcending both rank and race. Gordon rescues a young widow, Jwala (Ameesha Patel), from committing Sati (the act of following her deceased husband on to the funeral pyre). Afterwards, he falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Heera (Rani Mukerji) has been sold into prostitution, to work for Lol Bibi (Kirron Kher). There is a spark of attraction between her and Pandey and a liaison follows.

Gordon and Pandey's friendship is challenged following the introduction of a new rifle, the Enfield rifled musket. In reality as in the film, rumors began to spread among the sepoys that the paper cartridges that held the powder and ball for the rifle were greased with either pig fat or beef tallow. Since the process of loading the cartridge required the soldier to bite the cartridge open to pour in the loose powder, the soldiers believed that the process would require them to consume pork or beef - an act abhorrent concept to Muslim and Hindu soldiers, respectively, for religious reasons.[2]

In the film, Gordon investigates, and is told to assure Pandey that the cartridges are free from pollution. Demonstrating his total trust in Gordon, Mangal bites the cartridge. But Pandey soon discovers that the cartridges really are greased by animal fat. The rumour of this imposed pollution is the spark that ignites the powder keg of resentment in the country. Mutiny breaks out, led by Pandey. At one point Pandey and Gordon become involved in direct hand-to-hand combat as the latter tries to dissuade the sepoy from what he believes to be a futile exercise that will lead to only death. Pandey is captured and executed, despite the protestations of Gordon, who reasons that Pandey will be revered as a martyr and that his legacy will cause more uprising. Mangal will marry Heera. This turns out to be correct, as the film closes to scenes of nationwide revolt against British rule. The film ends with a montage of drawings of the historical rebellion and the narrator describes the progress of the Indian independence movement over the next century. The montage ends with documentary footage of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi leading the Indian National Congress during peaceful protests against British rule in the 1940s, eventually forcing an end to colonialism in the subcontinent.
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Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan
Sepoy Mangal Pandey

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Om Puri
Om Puri

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Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee
Heera (as Rani Mukerji)

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Mukesh Tiwari
Mukesh Tiwari
Bakht Khan

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Deep Raj Rana
Deep Raj Rana
Tatya Tope (as Deepraj Rana)

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Subrata Dutta
Subrata Dutta
Parmanand Jha

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Kiron Kher
Kiron Kher
Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)

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Anupam Shyam
Anupam Shyam

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Lol Bibi's Girl


Other Artists

  Stevan Rimkus as   Mitchell (as Steven Rimkus)
  Chittaranjan Giri as   Slave trader
  Ameesha Patel as   Jwala
  Lalit Tiwari as   Davar Ali
  Amin Hajee as   Vir Singh
  Chirag Vohra as   Bhujavan Shukla
  Shahbaaz Khan as   Azimullah
  Sophiya Haque as   Singer / dancer in song 'Rasiya' (uncredited)
  Ravi Jhankal as   Sufi Singer On Elephant
  Varsha Usgaonkar as   Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
  Sanjay Swaraj as   Ishwariprasad
  Abhijit Lahiri as   Ghoshal Babu (as Abhijeet Lehiri)
  Ajai Rohilla as   Radhe Shyam (as Ajay Rohilla)
  Dinesh Lamba as   Bearer
  Ram Gopal Bajaj as   Sarpanch (as Gopal Ram Babaj)
  Sulabha Arya as   Old Woman / Kamla's mother-in-law (as Sulbha Arya)
  Howard Lee as   Mr. Quartermaster
  Rohit Raj as   Bhola Tiwari
  Kailash Kher as   Sufi Singer
  Mona Ambegaonkar as   Kamla
  Jitendra Singh as   Relative villager
  Devender Kumar as   Sepoy messenger
  Shrirang Godbole as   Nana Saheb (as Srirang Godbole)
  Manoj Mishra as   Mendicant Musician
  Agnes Darenius as   Ms. Lockwood
  Camila Bordonaba
  Murli Sharma as   Sheikh Paltu
  Vivek Mishra as   Zakhmi poet
  Pankaj Jha as   Mendicant Musician
  Dibyendu Bhattacharya as   Krupashankar Singh (as Dibiyendu Bhattacharya)
  Ben Nealon as   Hewson
  Sanjeev Wilson as   Mendicant Musician
  Saubhagya Shukla as   Poppy Field Villager 2
  Habib Tanvir as   Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
  Rajesh Tailand as   Brahmin sepoy (as Rajesh Tailang)
  Pandey as   Emily's coachman
  Dilip Pavle as   Gordon servant 1 (as Dilip Pawale)
  Toby Stephens as   Captain William Gordon
  Pubali Sanyal as   Champa
  Mahendra Mewati as   Mendicant Musician
  Neeraj Sood as   Bangdu
  Sohrab Ardeshir as   Sorabji
  Kenneth Cranham as   Kent
  Amarjeet Amle as   Native announcer
  Anita Neha as   Chameli
  Ahsan Baksh as   Hassan Ali
  Tarun Kumar as   Rahmat Ali
  Rajul Gaur as   Gordon servant 2
  Richard Lane Smith as   British doctor (as Father Richard Lane Smith)
  Amar Banerjee as   Poppy Field Villager 3
  Coral Beed as   Emily
  Manoj Shah as   Sati priest
  Atul Kumar as   Nainsukh
  Ronnie Toms as   Barrackpore Sargeant
  Ali Sichilongo as   (uncredited)
  Rajesh Kareer as   Pankhawala
  Alexander Klein as   Behrampore Sargeant
  Neha Daniel as   Susan
  Thomas Castro as   Peabody
  Albert Welling as   Canning
  Lisa Millett as   Mrs. Wheeler
  Yarko as   British Bugleguard
  Mick Ward as   Officer
  Mick Ward as   First officer
  Simon Chandler as   Lockwood
  Joel Guyton Lee as   Adjutant Bunbury
  Brian Dowden as   British priest
  Jayne McKenna as   Mrs. Quartermaster
  Geoff Downer as   Grant
  Krupa Jayesh as   Anarkali
  Alyssa Fountoutalis as   White Baby
  Graham Cull as   Collector
  Irfanouzzaman as   Deendayal Awasthi
  Joanne Slater as   Mrs. Canning (as Joanna Slater)
  Christopher Adamson as   Anson
  Surya Pratap Singh as   Old Maharaja
  Laurence Spellman as   (uncredited)
  Neelkamal as   Aide to Maharaja
  Jeremy Clyde as   Hearsey
  Mohan Pandey as   Poppy Field Villager 1
  Micheal Ward as   First officer
  Shazan St James as   Patrick
  Mevlana St James as   Jacob

Cast and Crew

Sepoy Mangal Pandey
Heera (as Rani Mukerji)
Captain William Gordon
Lol Bibi (as Kirron Kher)
Bahadur Shah Zafar (as Tanveer Habib)
Rani Laxmibai (as Rani Lakshmibai)
Bakht Khan
Vir Singh
Parmanand Jha
Krupashankar Singh (as Dibiyendu Bhattacharya)
Hassan Ali
Deendayal Awasthi
Bhujavan Shukla
Rahmat Ali
Sarpanch (as Gopal Ram Babaj)
Nana Saheb (as Srirang Godbole)
Tatya Tope (as Deepraj Rana)
Mitchell (as Steven Rimkus)
White Baby
Davar Ali
Ghoshal Babu (as Abhijeet Lehiri)
Radhe Shyam (as Ajay Rohilla)
Sheikh Paltu
Zakhmi poet
Adjutant Bunbury
Mrs. Canning (as Joanna Slater)
Barrackpore Sargeant
Mr. Quartermaster
Mrs. Quartermaster
First officer
Mrs. Wheeler
Mendicant Musician
Mendicant Musician
Mendicant Musician
Mendicant Musician
Old Woman / Kamla's mother-in-law (as Sulbha Arya)
Bhola Tiwari
Slave trader
Lol Bibi's Girl
Sufi Singer On Elephant
Sufi Singer
Gordon servant 1 (as Dilip Pawale)
Gordon servant 2
Native announcer
Behrampore Sargeant
Sati priest
Relative villager
Old Maharaja
Aide to Maharaja
Poppy Field Villager 1
Poppy Field Villager 2
Poppy Field Villager 3
British doctor (as Father Richard Lane Smith)
Ms. Lockwood
British priest
Brahmin sepoy (as Rajesh Tailang)
British Bugleguard
Sepoy messenger
Emily's coachman
First officer
Singer / dancer in song 'Rasiya' (uncredited)
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