The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) (Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema DVD)
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Who was that man who's corpse had struck such fear in the powerful British government that they had to destroy it in the darkness? Who was it because of whom Mahatma Gandhi was accused of dishonesty? Who was that man who's memory invokes such powerful passions even 71 years after his death?
He was Bhagat Singh - India's most beloved son. An extraordinary young man who happily became a martyr for his country at the tender age of 23. A revolutonary who single-handedly shook up the powerful British government, exposing their true barbaric nature. A man for whom victory lay in his own death. This is his story, his legend. The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
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I cannot think of a single thing to say negatively about this film. It is just awesome!
Background/Synopsis: Bhagat Singh was an ardent follower of Gandhi in his youth but as he grew and witnessed the continued harsh treatment of his people at the hands of the occupying British he turned his back on the philosophy of passive resistance. This film tells the story of his transformation from his early pro Gandhi years to his defiance of British rule by meeting violence with more violence. His popularity eventually rivaled that of Gandhi and many would make the argument that if not for Bhagat Singh the British may never have embraced Gandhi's demands for fear of the alternative embodied in Bhagat Singh.
Critique: Some movies entertain, some inform. If one film succeeds in doing both than it is unquestionably a very good film. Sometimes a film rises to even greater heights by fusing the medium and the message in such a way as to give birth to an even higher art form. What is that special something I speak of? It's inspiration.
The 2002 release `The Legend of Bhagat Singh' starring Ajay Devjan as the revolutionary Indian freedom fighter and martyr is truly an inspirational work bringing to life tumultuous times in the history of India and providing the audience with an iconic, unforgettable portrait of a man of great conviction and courage. The film excels on every level; excellent production values, superb acting, well conceived story development and memorable soundtrack. However even with all the excellence one finds in this film there is still one thing that outshines everything else, the performance of Ajay Devjan.Read more ›
Ajay Devgan is excellent as a the title character, bringing the necessary passion that only he can provide with his steel-y stare. Of particular note is the scene showing the freedom fighters telling Gandhi to stop working within the British framework. Westerners can see the parallel between Gandhi's nonviolent methods and the more revolutionary Bhagat Singh with Martin Luther King's methods vs Malcolm X "by any means necessary" credo.
As the last reviewer mentioned, it's a great reference for those interested in India's independence struggle and it truly reinvigorated my interest in Indian history.
See this movie if you enjoy eastern history, but won't go for the traditional Bollywood flick.
In the list of top Biography epics like 'Joan of Arc - The Messenger', 'Queen Margot' and many more, 'The Legend of Bhagat Singh' definitely hits the list as well. It's a true masterpiece.