By Rakeysh MEHRA


Drama - Completed 2006

    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • HINDI
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 171 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rakeysh MEHRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Kamlesh PANDEY, Rensil DSILVA, Prasoon JOSHI
    • Producer(s)
    • Ronnie SCREWVALA (UTV ), Rakeysh MEHRA (ROMP)
    • Synopsis
    • "Rang De Basanti" is a film about awakening and about stand up for one's beliefs, where the spirit of rebellion transcends time and age. A young London-based filmmaker chances upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British Police Force in India during the freedom struggle. While screen-testing potential actors to play her characters in Delhi, she chances upon a group of five adolescent friends; at first, feckless products of modern India, but whose zeal, actions and ideologies dramatically alter the political landscape of the country making them the most wanted revolutionaries! A hard-hitting, powerful and thought-provoking political drama, Rang De Basanti (literally: Paint It Yellow), beautifully merges the period and contemporary, to present a bold and entertaining snapshot of today's youth. With its disturbing movements to capture the rebelliousness of the new generation, sepia tones to recreate history and grainy effect to capture the glory of New Delhi, the film boasts of path-breaking photography by the award-winning Binod Pradhan and an arresting soundtrack by the celebrated maestro A. R. Rahman (of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams). Already a pheonomenon of sorts, this reformist drama by Rakeysh Mehra (among the most prolific ad filmmakers of the country) features superstar Aamir Khan (of the Oscar-nominated Lagaan) and English actress Alice Patten, among an enormous ensemble A-list cast. The highest box-office grosser of 2006 and the second biggest hit of the decade, Rang De Basanti, potentially India's entry to the Oscar, has gone down the annals of Indian motion picture history as an awe-inspiring product of New Bollywood that takes a stand rather than being part of the silent majority…
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2005