(Last Updated on : 14/01/2009)
The Indian movie, 'Rang De Basanti' is a masterpiece by the director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He basically made the movie to ignite the patriotism among the youth. The film is based on the story of Flight Lieutenant Abhijit Gadgil who died in a MiG-21 training exercise on September 17, 2001. The Indian Air Force claimed the accident took place on account of human error. But, after investigations, it was concluded that the problem did lay in the MIG-21. Abhijit's mother Kavita Gadgil has since started the Abhijit Air Safety Foundation. Rang De Basanti is the first film to be shot in the Golden Temple as previously shooting was not allowed. The movie was released on January 26, 2006 i.e. on the day of republic day.
The Indian movie 'Rang De Basanti' is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra which created a wave among all the youths in this twenty first century. This Indian movie 'Rang De Basanti' really helps a lot in social awakening. The story is also somewhat different than the typical Bollywood masala movies.
After reading the diary of her grandfather Sue played by Alice Patten who is a struggling British filmmaker comes to India. Her grandfather served in the British Force during India's struggle for Independence. She plans to make a short film about some of the unsung revolutionary heroes of the Indian Independence Movement. Her friend Sonia (Soha Ali Khan) helps her in this dream project. They decide to find the casting in the university campus and after many trouble they finds four young men to act in the film. They are Daljit popularly known as DJ played by Aamir Khan, Karan Singhania played by Siddharth, Aslam played by Kunal Kapoor and Sukhi played by Sharman Joshi. At first all of them were not at all serious and enthusiastic about the project but as time passes by and also because of Sue's confidence they become united and starts working seriously. Laxman Pandey played by Atul Kulkarni is a political party activist, who later joins the group. In initial days he was not liked in account of his believe in Hinduism and dislike for Aslam, who is from a Muslim community. As the young men learn more about the history of the Independence movement, they loose their cynicism and start to consider what they can contribute to society. The film has other part connected to Sonia as her fiancé played by R. K. Madhavan an Indian air-force pilot, is killed. He was killed in a plane crash. The government says that the crash took place due to pilot error. Sonia and her friends know that Ajay was a successful pilot. They don't accept the official explanation.
Ajay's mother was shattered by the news so was his friends. They were in a view that he sacrificed his life to save hundreds of lives of common people. It could happen if he ejected from the aircraft safely, leaving the aircraft to crash in an overcrowded area. They investigate and finally gets the truth that the crash was due to a corrupt defence minister played by Mohan Agashe. He had actually signed a contract for cheap MiG aircraft spare parts and that too in return for a large kickback. The group decides to go for a peaceful protest in front of India Gate as well. Police forcefully break up their protest in which they also hurt Ajay's mother (Waheeda Rehman). All these happened so drastically that these young men then decide that they must compete the early freedom fighters and resort to violence. They get the feel how the freedom fighters felt at their time. All of the friends have decided to kill the defense minister Mohan Agashe to avenge Ajay. The minister is speculated to be killed by terrorists and is considered a martyr. But Dj and his friends were not happy as they wanted to bring forth the true story, the group decided to go to the public through a radio station. While the world listens to the story of these brave heroes, all of them are killed in the combined attack by the police and the commandos. Sue is in love with Dj and can hear his words through radio.
Cast and Crew:
The star cast of the Indian movie, Rang De Basanti, is superb in sense that all were looking perfect for the role. Aamir Khan has played the role of Daljit Singh, the artists playing some other remarkable roles are Soha Ali Khan, R. Madhavan, Siddharth Narayan, Alice Patten, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, Steven Mackintosh, Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Mohan Agashe, Waheeda Rahman, etc. The Indian movie 'Rang De Basanti' is directed and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra while the other co producers were Deven Khote and Ronnie Screwvala. The film is written by Renzil D'Silva and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Music is given by A.R.Rahman and the film was distributed worldwide through UTV Motion Pictures.
The Indian movie, 'Rang De Basanti' has won many awards in many award ceremonies. The Indian movie, 'Rang De Basanti' was a critically acclaimed movie of the year 2006. It has got seven film fare awards including best movie, director, music director, critics best performance (male), best editing, best cinematography, and also got R.D Burman award for new music talent. The Indian movie, 'Rang De Basanti' has got seven awards both in star screen award 2007 and Zee Cine Award 2007. In IIFA awards it has got three awards and in GIFA awards 2007 it has aging got seven awards. Kunal Kapoor has got breakthrough performance award in stardust award 2007.