The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

3.4 of 5 from 54 ratings
2h 30min
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Synopsis:
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.
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Directors:
Narrated By:
Om Puri
Writers:
Farrukh Dhondy, Ranjit Kapoor
Studio:
Yash Raj
Genres:
Bollywood
Countries:
India, Bollywood
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
150 minutes
Languages:
English, Hindi
Subtitles:
Bengali, English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 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
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
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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Reviews (1) of The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey

A Great Hummer of a Film - The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey review by Cato

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29/05/2018

The action flies along in this credible story about the end of the Brits' rule in India, largely brought about by the behaviour of the man in the title of the film. The director really does let rip against the pompous behaviour of the white men, barring the Indian speaking Scotsman played by Toby Stephens, who speaks up for the Indians at every possible chance. It's a great rollicking film, not just about fighting, but also the lives of the Indian women who entertain their own soldiers, who are part of the British infantry until they rebel under their leader, Mangal Pandey.

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