The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.


Critic Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.

August 23, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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… | August 18, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 10, 2005
Top Critic

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

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)

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!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


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.

Harry E
Harry E

Technically well produced and largely historically accurate. As a Brit I have no problem with the portrayal of most of the Brits as boorish corrupt and vicious even if it is probably somewhat exaggerated. What stops this being a great movie like, say, Lagaan or Slumdog Millionaire is that there is little character development (they are all one-dimensional) and little true emotion wit or humor. As such it falls into the same flawed trap as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (the version with David Hemings) rather than Zulu or "The Man who would be King"

David Emanuel
David Emanuel

The Rising (Mangal Pandey) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Rising (Mangal Pandey) on our Movie forum!

News & Features