Mangal Pandey: The Rising is indeed a 2005 Bollywood historical biographical drama film based on the story of Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier who played a key role inside the 1857 Indian insurrection (also known as The First War of Indian Independence).
Ketan Mehta helmed it, Bobby Bedi produced it, as well as Farrukh Dhondy, wrote the screenplay. Aamir Khan plays the starring role, which marks his return after a layoff following Dil Chahta Hai (2001). That was a flop at the box office.
It had its world debut at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film segment. It was 2005’s fourth-highest-grossing picture.
Mangal Pandey is taken in chains towards his death at the end of the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 over his role in instigating the revolt. Whenever the hangman fails to appear, the execution is postponed.
Pandey rescues Captain William Gordon’s life against Afghan shooters four years before the insurrection, while serving as just a sepoy in Afghanistan. Captain Gordon thanks Pandey by giving him his military gun, as well as the two, become an odd relationship.
The Company has launched the Enfield rifled musket towards the sepoys in January 1857, and though rumours circulate that perhaps the paper cartridge is greased with pig fat or beef tallow, which are both construed as offensive to Hinduism and Islam soldiers, as the loading mechanism requires the soldier to bite down here on the cartridge. Captain Gordon provides his word that now the rumour is false (despite his personal reservations about the storey) and requests a volunteer. Pandey offers to test shoot the gun on Gordon’s behalf, convinced that Gordon is speaking the truth.
Pandey is then taken to a factory where the cartridges are manufactured. When Pandey discovers that the first accusations were genuine, he returns his pistol to Gordon and breaks their friendship. The 19th Regiment of Sepoys heroically refuses to fire weapons during a parade at Berhampore, while being bombarded by British artillery. The Sepoy Mutiny begins when Pandey rallies the sepoys by stepping in front of a cannon. While marching across India to unify the revolt, the sepoys resolve to unite underneath the command of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.
The British, on the other hand, learn of the intended march and dispatch a British Army Regiment from Rangoon to Behrampore to put down a rebellion.
The presence of both the British Regiment is announced to Pandey on the day before the march. The mutineers capitulate inside the face of both the British soldiers’ enormous strength. Pandey, but on the other hand, bravely stands alone, murdering two people and wounding dozens more. Pandey commits suicide as the regiment approaches him and that he is arrested live.
Captain Gordon begs with both the British to spare Pandey’s life, despite the risk of encouraging the coup plotters throughout India, at Pandey’s court-martial. Gordon’s pleadings, on the other hand, are ignored, as well as Pandey is condemned to death.
Pandey is hung the following morning (on April 8), across from Gordon, the British officers, his fellow sepoys, as well as the locals. The audience, enraged at his execution, erupts in a riot. Drawings from the 1857 Indian Rebellion and video from the subsequent Indian freedom movement conclude the presentation.