The Rising (Mangal Pandey)
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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 William Gordon.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"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."
‑ Jaspreet Pandohar,
"[A]n electrifying testament to the unstoppable power of the individual to make a difference."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"The movie never finds the right balance between momentum and exposition, and way too much historical information has been crammed into voice-over narration."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"A rousing, well-made epic that deserves to find a wider audience in this country."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"A rousing, if melodramatic, history lesson."
‑ Steve O'Hagan, Empire Magazine
"A gorgeously lensed, well-structured audience-pleaser that harks back to classic Hollywood blockbusters of the '50s and '60s."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"A lush, dashing melodrama based on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857; beautiful costumes, dance, photography."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Anti-imperialist Bollywood winner"
‑ Louis Proyect,
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