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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Mangal Pandey is too dull. You'd forget it once you walk out of the hall.

January 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.

August 23, 2005

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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A rousing, if melodramatic, history lesson.

August 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

August 10, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The obligatory Bollywood songs are of poor quality... It's a shame because the central story and the dynamics of power explored by The Rising are first class and in keeping with the traditions of the 50s golden age of Indian cinema.

April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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


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.

Duncan Ryan-Ross
Duncan Ryan-Ross

Super Reviewer

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