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Mangal Pandey :The Rising (मंगल पाण्डेय: थे राइजिंग ) 2005

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BannerKaleidoscope Entertainment
DirectorKetan Mehta
WriterFarrukh Dhondy
ProducerBobby Bedi, Ketan Mehta, Deepa Sahi
Production executiveVarsha Bedi
Orginal musicA.R. Rahman
CinematographyHimman Dhamija
Film EditingA. Sreekar Prasad
Art DirectorKuntal Joshi, Eknath Kadam
Camera OperatorChirantan Das
Assistant CameramenSrinivas Chandran, N. Ram Prasad
Playback SingersA.R. Rahman, Kailash Kher, Murtuza Khan, Kadir, Aamir Khan , Udit Narayan , Madhushree, Srinivas, Chinmayee, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Reena Bhardwaj, Kailash Kher Sukhwinder Singh, Richa Sharma, Bonnie Chakraborty, Kartick Das Baul
Mangal Pandey Aamir Khan
HeeraRani Mukerji
Captain William GordonToby Stephens
Emily KentCoral Beed
Jwala Ameesha Patel
Lol BibiKirron Kher
Narrator Om Puri
HewsonBen Nealon
Bahadur Shah Zafar Habib Tanvir
Rani LaxmibaiVarsha Usgaonkar
KentKenneth Cranham
WatsonTom Alter
Bakht KhanMukesh Tiwari
AzimullahShahbaaz Khan
Vir SinghAmin Hajee
YasminDisha Vakani
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.
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. However, the Company was prepared and brought in British army units from Rangoon and Pandey was 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.
Release date12-Aug-2005
BudgetRs. 38 crore
RevenueRs. 55.01 crore
Awards: Unknown.
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Lyrics: Javed Akhtar | Music: A.R. Rahman

1. Al Maddath Maula | अल मद्दत मौला     
Voice:A.R. Rahman, Kailash Kher, Murtuza Khan, Kadir

2. Holi Re | होली रे     
Voice: Aamir Khan , Udit Narayan , Madhushree, Srinivas, Chinmayee

3. Main Vari Vari | मैं वारी वारी     
Voice: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Reena Bhardwaj

4. Mangal Mangal | मंगल मंगल     
Voice: Kailash Kher

5. Mangal Mangal (Aatma) | मंगल मंगल(आत्मा)     
Voice: Kailash Kher Sukhwinder Singh

6. Mangal Mangal (Agni) | मंगल मंगल(अग्नि)     
Voice: Kailash Kher

7. Rasiya | रसिया     
Voice: Richa Sharma, Bonnie Chakraborty

8. Takey Takey | ताके ताके     
Voice: Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Kartick Das Baul

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