Mangal Pandey - The Rising, is an epic tale of friendship, love, loss and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. British colonial rulers are plundering the country, treating the locals unjustly and causing widespread resentment. Worst of all they are using the Indians as sepoys, the infantry of the army, to control and regulate the population. After a hundred years of subjugation, India is awakening to the revolutionary prospect of change and self-rule. During a fierce battle in the Afghan wars of the mid-century, Mangal Pandey, a heroic sepoy rescues his British commanding officer, William Gordon. The event creates a strong friendship and binding loyalty between them that transcends consideration of rank and race. The friendship is soon challenged, first by the arrival of a charming and beautiful young aristocrat, Emily Kent, and then by the introduction of controversial new gun cartridges amongst the troops. The relationship is complicated further when Gordon saves a beautiful young native girl, Jwala, from the funeral pyre of her late husband, and falls in love with her. The new cartridges require soldiers require soldiers to bite through their greased casing, made of animal fat, and suspicion spreads that the British are ignoring religious beliefs in favour of cheap weapons, and polluting their Muslim and Hindu soldiers. Gordon assures Mangal that the cartridges are free from pollution. Demonstrating total trust in Gordon, Mangal bites the cartridge only to discover that it really is animal fat. With rumour spreading that the cartridges will be widely used, it is this act that ignites the resentment in the country. Mutiny breaks out with Mangal Pandey growing in stature to lead the Indian people to freedom.
The Making of "Mangal Pandey": An exclusive behind the scenes look at the film
Deleted Scenes: Exclusive "never-seen-before" deleted scenes from the film
The Mahurat of Mangal Pandey: Prince Chales gave the first clap for the mahurat shot of the film
The Premiere of Mangal Pandey
The Music Release function
This disc includes the main feature
This disc includes the following special features:
- The Making of "Mangal Pandey": An exclusive behind the scenes look at the film
- Deleted Scenes: Exclusive "never-seen-before" deleted scenes from the film
- The Mahurat of Mangal Pandey: Prince Chales gave the first clap for the mahurat shot of the film
- The Premiere of Mangal Pandey
- The Music Release function
- Television Promos
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