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Mangal Pandey (Periodic Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema / DVD) (2005)

Aamir Khan , Amisha Patel , Ketan Mehta  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Amisha Patel, Rani Mukherjee, Kiron Kher, Amin Hajee
  • Directors: Ketan Mehta
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Yash Raj Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038WU0HK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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director yash raj starring aamir khan multisubtitles english, tamil, gujrati, bengali,

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aamir Khan and Toby Stephens are amazing! August 15, 2007
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In this fascinating Bollywood epic about the "Sepoy Rebellion" or the "First War of Indian Independence" of 1857, in which the Indians who work as mercenaries for the British East India Company rise up against colonial authorities, Aamir Kahn (as the title character) and Toby Stephens (as his white best friend) play buddies-torn-apart roles and overcome the inevitable cliches of the script with the sheer force of their acting. Kahn is touchingly vulnerable and luminously handsome and magnetic as the pristine hero. (The Internet Movie Database entry on MP has an extensive debate on how closely this character corresponds to his historical counterpart and his role in the war/rebellion; it's a complex and controversial issue.) The gorgeous Stephens brings a fierce energy and compassion to his sidekick role as the One Good White Guy who foresees the rebellion and its consequences but is unable to convince anyone else of his dark vision. (Stephens' brief speeches about the ruthlessness of a private corporation pillaging a country seem all too relevant to our own time in this age of Blackwater and Halliburton in Iraq.) The film is wildly entertaining, filled with the color and beauty of Bollywood -- superb cinematography, epic sets and crowd scenes, music-and-dance numbers that pop out of nowhere, and a love story with a few (relatively chaste but sexy) kisses between Stephens and actress/model Amisha Patel. Highly recommended for Toby Stephens fans and for anyone interested in Indian films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must See April 17, 2010
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The saga of the 1857 Indian uprising against the British East India Company--called the Sepoy Mutiny by the British and the First War of Independence by Indians--is extremely complex. The tangled history leading up to it, the numerous groups and prominent figures involved, and the myriad reasons behind the revolt aren't conducive to the telling of a condensed narrative. But this film succeeds at doing exactly that by tightly focusing on the issue that finally lit the tinderbox--the deployment of new rifle cartridges greased with cow and pig fat that outraged Hindu and Muslim soldiers in the British army--and the man at the center of it all--a sepoy named Mangal Pandey, who fired the first shot of the rebellion.

Acting great Aamir Khan gives one of his best performances as Pandey, a high-caste Hindu who goes through a painful process of realizing how the British have manipulated him and Indians like him, culminating in his redemptive solidarity with Indians of all castes and religions. His self-discovery comes about through his friendship with a British soldier, William Gordon (played by British actor Toby Stephens), and their conflicted relationship is the crux of the story. Stephens is reason alone to give the film a ringing endorsement. Western actors in Bollywood films are usually dreadful, and it's a pleasure to watch one who does an excellent job for once. Stephens is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, best known for playing the villain in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002), and his ability to deliver in Hindi is impressive. The other British actors aren't bad either, although their characters are rather two-dimensional and stereotypical (haughty men, permissive women).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mangal pandey dvd seems to be incomplete January 18, 2008
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Aamir Khan's Mangal Pandey is an interesting film version of the 1857 rising in India. However, this DVD is advertised as having two discs, the movie and a disc of extras on the movie and The Rising. I ordered the movie twice from Amazon and twice received copies with only one disc in DVD cases that held only one disc, event though the price ($29.99) was for two. The problem may be with the supplier, but the problem was never resolved. So check your order carefully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mangal Pandey January 21, 2011
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Wow where has Bollywood been in my life! I was weaned on Hollywood and the movies coming out of there are mostly terrible. This is the second Bollywood movie I have seen and all I can say is excellent. My only complaint are the songs and dances in the films but that is a minor complaint and does not take away from the romance and sheer drama. I was so immersed in the story that I lost track of time and it seemed the movie ended too quickly. I wanted more!!! I am falling in love with foreign movies- strong story, character development, action, beautiful costumes and scenery. Hollywood better wake up or lose more die hard movie lovers like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good April 16, 2014
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It is a good story with a great actor! I only wish there were more songs, but afterall it is not a love story.
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