Watch: Mangal Pandey – The Rising 2005 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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. During a fierce battle in one of the Afghan 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 rumored 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. 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..
Plot: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey 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. Gordon is indebted to Pandey and a strong friendship develops between them, transcending both rank and race.
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Too Bad it was a flop at the Box Office!
It was such a great attempt at a good film and everyone who participated in this movie really brought their own to the table. I guess people were just too tired of freedom fighter themed films, or maybe they’d had their fill of Yash Raj productions for the year after films like ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ etc. etc.
Last year, I remember accidentally reading a review of the film before I saw it, and anyone who knows me knows that I hate reading what people have to say about a film I’m interested in seeing before I see it. But anyways, the review slammed Rani Mukherjee and Amisha Patel for their wooden portrayal of the characters they played in the film. The reviewer called Rani ‘particularly wooden’ and accused Amisha Patel of doing nothing but “whoop cough” her way through her scenes. Naturally, when I went to see the film, I kept looking for wooden performances and whooping cough. Let me just tell you that there is nothing of a sort in the film. Rani Mukherjee and Amisha Patel were both in their element in the film.
The story centers around the sometimes controversial and now infamously notorious noted premiere Hindistani freedom fighter Mangal Pandey (played here by none other than the incomparable Aamir Khan) for which the movie is named. He plays an officer of the British company Raj — a private organisation from Britain that has come to colonise and profit from India.
The film begins very much like its predecessor ‘The Legend of Bhaghat Singh’ with the dastardly act (in this case Pandey is about to be hanged and in the case of Singh the act had already taken place when the film begins) and we are shown a good portion of the film in flashback via Captain William Gordon’s memories (played by British TV star Toby Stephens) who is also a good friend of Pandey’s. In these memories, we find out just how inhumane the Private British rule was on India, how Hindustani soldiers were trained and used to suppress their own people, how there existed brothels and harems created especially for White soldiers, how an Indian servant used her own mammary glands to fed the child of a White woman while her own baby starved at home (later to be fed opium as a suppressant for its incessant and insatiable cries), The sort of racism that existed (Indians were actually referred to by the British as ‘DARKIES, BLACK DOGS, & even hard as it may be to believe THE N WORD’) and so and so forth.
But the straw that breaks the camels back comes when Pandey gets word (ironically from an UNTOUCHABLE) that the gun cartridges be used by Indian soldiers in the battalion were been manufactured with the use of animal byproducts forbidden by both Muslims and Hindus. He tries to investigate this but is re-assured every time by the Whites that there is no truth to the rumours. Then while sightseeing with friends one day, he spies a slave girl named Heera (played by that hurricane of an actress known as Rani Mukherjee) being sold to the highest bidder, despite the abolition of slavery which was already in effect. One evening, Pandey rescues Heera from being taken against her will from the brothel she had been sold to, much to the dismay of Lol Bibi the proprietress(played by ever stunning Kiron Kher) and the man taking her away, Hewson (famous British TV star Ben Nealon) and this leads to further instigation on the part of Pandey to stand up and take action for India as well as the budding romance between him and Heera.
Gordon on the other hand, has his hands full trying to protect Pandey from his rebellious ways, as well as managing to save and fall in love with Jwala (played by a very youthful looking Amisha Patel Sans makeup) who is about to be a victim of a ‘Sati'(The ancient ritual of burning a bride after her husband has passed away) when he meets her. Pandey tries to warn Gordon from interfering but to no avail, and you’ll have to watch the movie to see what the man goes through all in the name of saving a beauty queen of a bride.
While the ill-fated romance between Pandey and Heera blossoms, confirmation finally arrives when Pandey is physically taken to the manufacturing depot and he sees for himself that the gun parts are being manufactured using animal products. This causes him to lash out against the company, as well as call into question his friendship with Gordon who gave him his word. Other Indian soldiers join in to back Pandey up and the company wages a war against all of them, isolating them and promising to bring them all to justice. Pandey and friends then join forces with suppressed Indian Kings and Queens as well as their people and followers, but the alliance comes too late when the British company Raj meets them with a deadly force of British soldiers, sent from Britain by the Queen. Needless to say, Pandey is captured and tried before a court of law and found guilty of all the crimes he is accused of. The rest as they say, is history.
The very best part of this film for me, apart from the stunning cinematography, the stellar music, song and dance(Heera’s Mujra song especially, the Holi song, and the gypsy bonfire song were awesome), comes at the very end when Heera (now a warrior bride) leads a battalion of rebels against the British and shady Indian business men. That scene alone was worth the price of the entire film and then some. I didn’t cry when Pandey was killed, but I did when I saw Heera take up his cause. A must see for most, especially those who won’t over analyse it. The film is narrated by the stellar voice talents of Om Puri.
Original Language hi
Runtime 2 hr 30 min (150 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Ketan Mehta
Writer H. Banerjee, Farrukh Dhondy, Ranjit Kapoor
Actors Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens
Country India, United Kingdom, United States
Awards 2 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company Yash Raj Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Adlabs Films Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
Film Length 4,187 m (18 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)