A Bollywood musical spectacular based on the story of legendary Sikh revolutionary Bhagat Singh (Ajay Degan), who abandoned Mahatma Gandhi's Congress Party for a radical group with Marxist-Leninist sympathies and was executed by the British government in 1931. The film opens in 1919, as the 12-year-old Bhagat witnesses the notorious Jalianwala massacre, in which British troops killed hundreds of unarmed Punjabi protesters and wounded thousands of others. This traumatic event solidifies Bhagat's hatred of British colonial rulers, and as he grows older he devotes himself to raising the political awareness of rural Indian peasants. In 1921, he joins the anti-colonialist non-cooperation movement led by Gandhi (Surendra Rajan), forsaking the village girl (Amrita Rao) who loves him, but becomes frustrated when Gandhi calls off the movement's activities. Bhagat finds a new mentor in revolutionary leader Chandrashekhar Azad (Akhilendra Mishra), and in 1928 responds to the humiliation of Punjabi leader Lala Lajpat Rai, who was brutally beaten in public by colonial police and subsequently died of his injuries, by taking up arms against the British Raj. In 1929, Bhagat is arrested after having hurled several bombs into a session of the British National Assembly, an act which makes him famous but also seals his fate. Two years later, at the age of 23, Bhagat and his two closest revolutionary followers, Sukhdev (Sushant Singh) and Rajguru (Santosh), are executed at Lahore central jail by the colonial government, their bodies chopped up and cremated, as though to erase their very existence. Handsomely mounted and filled with Bollywood's signature musical numbers some of which are quite bizarre, like the routine in which jailed hunger strikers break into song, or the rousing gallows number for Bhagat and his two closest followers this film opened simultaneously in India and internationally.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: NR
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