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The Rising (Mangal Pandey)

The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005)

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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.

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Apr 28, 2009

$0.9M

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Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.

August 23, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie never finds the right balance between momentum and exposition, and way too much historical information has been crammed into voice-over narration.

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A gorgeously lensed, well-structured audience-pleaser that harks back to classic Hollywood blockbusters of the '50s and '60s.

August 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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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.

June 24, 2009 Full Review
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A rousing, well-made epic that deserves to find a wider audience in this country.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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.

August 16, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com

A rousing, if melodramatic, history lesson.

August 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Anti-imperialist Bollywood winner

August 13, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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[A]n electrifying testament to the unstoppable power of the individual to make a difference.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: CHUD

Audience Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)

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 like 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.
February 7, 2008
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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 uprising begins in search for freedom. Great cast- Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Amisha Patel, and Toby Stephens. Worthy!
August 7, 2010
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