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Rang De Basanti (Paint it Yellow) (2006)




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A young, London based filmmaker chances upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British police force in India during the freedom struggle. Excited about these memoirs, she makes plans to shoot a film on the Indian revolutionaries mentioned in the diaries. She comes down to Delhi, and casts a group of five friends to play the pivotal roles of these revolutionaries. However, products of modern India, the five youngsters initially refuse to be part of the project, as they don't identify with these characters from the past. Not surprising, considering that they're part of a generation of Indians that believes in consumerism. To them issues like patriotism and giving one's life for one's beliefs is the stuff of stuffy text-books are made of. They would rather party than be patriots. In the film, both the 1930's British India and the India today run parallel and intersect with each other at crucial points. As the film reaches its resolution, the line between past and present blurs, as they become one in spirit.

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Aamir Khan
as Daljeet AKA 'D.J.'
as Karan
Om Puri
as Amanullah Khan
Waheeda Rehman
as Ajay's mother
Steven McKintosh
as James McKinley
Atul Kulkarni
as Laxman Pandey
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Critic Reviews for Rang De Basanti (Paint it Yellow)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The simple-minded presentation ultimately makes it ring hollow.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An ambitious melding of history, politics, romance and patriotism within the parameters of a commercial Hindi movie.

Full Review… | February 6, 2006
Top Critic

Already a cultural phenomenon in India, this reformist melodrama by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (Aks) uses razor-sharp technique and an eavesdropper's ear for dialogue to update the patriotic fervor of Bollywood's golden age.

Full Review… | February 2, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Mehra's Bafta-nominated attempt to combine political drama and traditional entertainment remains entirely compelling.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015
Radio Times

Accomplished and universally appealing, this is the way Bollywood films should be made.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006

The performances are fantastic, and as an ensemble they compliment each other beautifully.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006
Future Movies UK

Audience Reviews for Rang De Basanti (Paint it Yellow)

This is such an amazing film. It's more than a film. It's a cinematic masterpiece. It engages brilliantly with themes of corruption, independence, patriotism and loyalty. Rang De Basanti focuses on the young British female-maker Sue who travels to India to make a film about Indian Revolutionaries. She casts five young men in the roles and whilst they are initially hesitant, they grow more and more into the roles until they become revolutionaries themselves. They fight for freedom from their oppressive families and their oppressive culture. This was a really interesting backdrop for the film. Stylistically the film is also brilliant. The main narrative is interspersed with flashbacks showing the original Indian revolutionaries. Read my full review here: http://goo.gl/UCWzZ6

James Linton
James Linton

While at first it seems like a tiresome succession of nice-looking music videos, not even caring to explain how the character can make that kind of film without money, it soon gets worse with a reprehensible message, openly advocating the use of violence to change the country.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A fascinating look at how a few attempt to embody the ideals of the past. I think their portrayal of a triumphant rebellion wasn't perfect, since it seemed they were simply acts of terrorism.

Connor Groat
Connor Groat

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