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September 02, 2005

A Hero in His Times

The Telegraph, 02.09.2005

Mangal Pandey is not history; such distortion of the story of our great revolutionary is downright disgraceful. Yawn. The director clearly says at the outset that “when history meets folklore, legends are born”. Mangal Pandey is a legend — very little about his life is available in documents. Okay, Pandey was probably hanged in secrecy and not publicly — but that scene was symbolic of how he inspired an entire generation, not about the details of the exact nature of his hanging. The battle scenes could have been longer, but were well shot. The insurrection of 1857 was well put in the context of the independence movement at the end. The film rocks! It’s one of those rare Hindi movies that one can sit through without glancing at the watch even once.

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