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Aamir Khan, Amin Hajee, Amisha Patel, Coral Beed, Rani Mukherjee ... see more see more... , Toby Stephens

This period epic is a tale of friendship, love, loss and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. It centers on the friendship between an Indian soldier and British commander Wi... read more read more...lliam Gordon.

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Unrated, 2 hr. 26 min.

Directed by: Ketan Mehta

Release Date: August 12, 2005

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DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009

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  • February 7, 2008
    It was beautifully shot, and the message was a positive one. Unfortunately, I have a lot of gripes that prevent me from thoroughly enjoying it. For instance, the voice over narration, which was probably there for an illiterate audience who didn't speak a word of English, felt lik... read moree it was telling me things I either already knew, or could easily figure out. Many of the female characters were two-dimensional, and seemed to only be put in the movie to add a romantic arc and little else. A shame, seeing as the actresses involved, Amisha Patel and Rani Mukherjee in particular, were fantastic. The movie was fairly decent overall, but felt a little too "epic" for it's own good. It's lengthy running time could've been trimmed down quite a bit. The last twenty minutes, I have to say, are some of the best last twenty minutes I've ever seen in a movie, and that makes up for a lot of the gripes I initially had with it.
  • August 7, 2010
    An interesting movie that centralizes around the friendship between two individuals, one Indian and the other British, during British colonial India. Mangal Pandey saved William Gordon's life, and the two become good friends. Exhausted by many years of cruel tyranny, an uprisin... read moreg begins in search for freedom. Great cast- Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Amisha Patel, and Toby Stephens. Worthy!
  • November 21, 2009
    To be honest, movies like Braveheart and Spartacus are really not a whole lot better than this. And Spartacus, at least, is definitely inferior to this one. An entertaining Bollywood epic with musical numbers.

Critic Reviews

Ray Bennett
August 23, 2005
Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter

Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.

David Chute
August 18, 2005
David Chute, L.A. Weekly

The movie never finds the right balance between momentum and exposition, and way too much historical information has been crammed into voice-over narration. Full Review

Derek Elley
August 10, 2005
Derek Elley, Variety

A gorgeously lensed, well-structured audience-pleaser that harks back to classic Hollywood blockbusters of the '50s and '60s. Full Review

Mark R. Leeper
June 24, 2009
Mark R. Leeper,

This is a big, spectacular film that may even be an education for American audiences. We see little historical spectacle from Hollywood these days and hopefully Bollywood will help fill the gap.

Ethan Alter
March 1, 2007
Ethan Alter, Film Journal International

A rousing, well-made epic that deserves to find a wider audience in this country. Full Review

Harvey S. Karten
August 21, 2005
Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve

A lush, dashing melodrama based on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857; beautiful costumes, dance, photography. Full Review

Jaspreet Pandohar
August 16, 2005
Jaspreet Pandohar,

The Rising succeeds in entertaining and educating audiences about an important turning point in Indian history. However, where it stumbles is in its inability to engage on an emotional level. Full Review

Steve O'Hagan
August 14, 2005
Steve O'Hagan, Empire Magazine

A rousing, if melodramatic, history lesson. Full Review

Louis Proyect
August 13, 2005
Louis Proyect,

Anti-imperialist Bollywood winner Full Review

Devin Faraci
August 11, 2005
Devin Faraci, CHUD

[A]n electrifying testament to the unstoppable power of the individual to make a difference. Full Review

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