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Mangal Pandey: The Rising [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]

Aamir Khan , Rani Mukherjee , Toby Stephens , Ketan Mehta    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed, Amisha Patel
  • Directors: Toby Stephens, Ketan Mehta
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English, Bengali
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Yash Raj Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9PWA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

1857 AD. The entire Indian sub continent is ruled by. a company. The British East India Company. The most successful business enterprise in history. The company has its own laws, its own administration, its own army. It controls the destiny of one fifth of humanity.

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 by the introduction of a new rifle called the Enfield . The new rifle has come with a new cartridge which is rumoured to be coated with the grease of cow and pig fat. The new cartridge has to be bitten before it is loaded, which ignites anger and resentment among the Indian sepoys. The cow is sacred to the Hindus, the pig forbidden to the Muslims. They will not touch such a kartoos (gun cartridge), it would defile them.

Set in one of the most beautiful countries on earth, 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.

About the Actor

Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) -- he was the youngest child in the trio. He 'quit' movies and went on to become the state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir also fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir's wife Reena even appears in the song "Papa Kehte Hain" that made him the darling of the nation. From the tremendous success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which was released when he was 23, he has blossomed into India's finest actor. His list of sterling performances include Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Rangeela (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999) and innumerable other films.

Born as Aamir Hussain Khan on 14 March 1965, Aamir gained critical and popular acclaim for his roles as an Indian film Actor, Director and Producer. In 2001, he made his debut as a film producer with the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan, where he played the lead role and earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, for which he received a Filmfare Best Director Award. This was followed by Ghajini (2008), which became the highest-grossing Indian film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation.

Khan then took a four year break citing personal problems, and returned in 2005 with Ketan Mehta's Mangal Pandey: The Rising. In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's award-winning, Rang De Basanti, Khan's role was critically acclaimed, earning him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and various nominations for Best Actor. The film was the official entry of India for the Oscars and received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards in England. Khan's work in his next movie, Fanaa (2006) was also appreciated, and the film went on to become one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2006.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This is an deeply engaging, colourful, entertaining, informative, and insightful film about an event in Indian history that we should all know more about: The First Indian War of Independence (1857) -- known to many of us as the Sepoy Mutiny. The acting is superb, with Aamir Khan a feast for the eye and soul, and Toby Stephens brilliant in a role where he speaks mostly Hindi -- and speaks it very well, too! He is quite extraordinary in the role of an officer of the East India Company with divided loyalties.
As well as entertaining us in great style, the film whets our appetites to find out more about the rich and complex history of India and of the Raj. As entertainment, there is music, colour, dancing, movie stars of enchanting beauty and grace on display -- let's face it, this is an entertainment! -- and some exemplary acting as well.
People who take a dim view of Bollywood movies will be quite surprised and astounded by this film for its depth of feeling, its scintillating acting, and the challenges it poses to the mind and heart. For those who saw Aamir Khan's earlier outing, Lagaan, and were hooked, this latest film will be a treat. For those who found Lagaan too black-and-white, too simply laid out with the moral high ground too easily won, be assured that there is are new-found depths and complexities to be experienced in Mangal Pandey...and yet the film never fails to entertain.
It seems to me that Aamir Khan is the man to watch where Indian cinema is concerned -- he has the 'common touch' and mass appeal, and his films are richly entertaining, but he is introducing a mass audience to the public and engaged examination of difficult issues arising from a colonial legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph 20 May 2007
Every History, Politics and Economics student should be shown this movie. It has important lessons for everyone. Aamir Khan confirms his position as probably the most important actor of his generation with an understated performance full of power and integrity. Rani Mukerji has never looked more beautiful and is growing as an actress in each one of her movies. I'm looking forward to seeing her in 'London Dreams'. Toby Stephens also puts in a fine performance as the British Officer. One piece of advice, however. Make sure you also watch the deleted scenes as they tie up several of the loose ends left dangling at the end of the movie. This film is a triumph for the Yash Raj studio which has succeeded in stretching the limits of what makes a Bollywood movie once again. It's also a triumph for Bollywood in general which continues to increase its audience worldwide with movies that matter like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANGAL PANDEY 1 Nov 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film 25 April 2013
By Joyce B
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A beautifully filmed version of the first Indian revolt (or Sepoy mutiny depending on your view). The music is breathtakingly good. Acting is excellent. Loved it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bollywood's black and white movie 14 Feb 2012
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Well, of course, being a Bollywood this film is splashing with colour. It looks fantastic - no wonder why one of its episodes was used in Michael Wood's Story of India. Equally it could be used in one of numerous TV ads for "Incredible India".

Yet, in fact, this is a black and white film, made in best traditions of Chinese or Soviet propaganda movies. To put it simple, all Brits are greedy, lying, cruel, drunk, whore-loving baddies (apart from Toby Stephens, of course, who reminds me Jane Fonda in Vietnam), while all Indians are proud, honest and humane - even when they are burning churches - or being "forced" to grow opium - or even when performing sati.

BTW, I am not a Brit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A patriotic masterpiece 14 Nov 2006
By Wowser
Before I begin my dissection of this epic, let me just remind you the image Bollywood has in the west is 3 hour plus long movies with more songs & dance sequences then actual narrative or action and little storyline, if this is your image of Bollywood I strongly advise you to watch this film. A Historical epic based on true evens and real people, this really does break the mould of your typical Hindi movie.

The story centres on events in 1857, during British Rule of India. Many historians believe the Indian Independence movement began here, almost 90 years before India actually received its independence from British rule. We begin the story be being introduced to the central character, Mangal Pandey (played brilliantly by Aamir Khan, a native sepoy (frontline British army soldier) working for the East India Company on behalf of the British Raj.

He begins a strong friendship with his commanding British officer, William Gordon (played by Toby Stephans), by saving him an a war with Afghanistan. The story accelerates from here introducing us to the way of life the Sepoy lives, totally loyal to the companies regime, loosing their tradition and culture. When the Sepoy's are asked to use a new gun cartridge greased with the fat of cows & pigs (against the religions of both Hindu's & Muslims) they all face conflict within, do they go against their faith & heritage or carry on to follow the "companies" rules?

When Gordon promise his friend Mangal that the cartridges will not damage his faith and are not greased with animal fat, Mangal believes him and trusts his friend but also warning if the facts are false and the rumour is true he will burn the entire company down to the ground !
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