I cannot believe I spent a Hundred Rupees on that excuse of a movie. The story was crap, there were a LOT of historical inaccuracies and a lot of songs that did not need to be there.
A revolt is brewing among the sepoys of Behrampore (oh by the way, Behrampore is in West Bengal, but no one speaks Bengali. There is one more Behrampore. Its in ORISSA). They do not want to use the catridges made of cow or pig fat. The British decide to bring in reinforcements from Rangoon. A Queens regiment of British soldiers to quell the “mutiny”.
So what do the sepoy leaders do? Try to get more arms? Try to train and ready themselves for the battle ahead?
This is a Hindi movie guys! There has to be a Holi song SOMEWHERE….So its here. They all celebrate holi and the hero and heroine dance and make merry. Even try to throw color on some British officers. Unbelievable. How cliched can this movie get?
Oh another thing. Just to make the movie international, guess what they have thrown in? No, not Toby Stephens. The ever present Elephant.
Kamal Hassan’s Hey Ram had an elephant too. It was shown twice in the Calcutta scenes of the movie. Once it was shown next to its dead mahout, not knowing what to do, now that it was free. The next scene showed the elephant taking its Ankush in its own trunk, symbolizing Democracy. Now thats what I call good symbolism.
The Rising has an elephant and some guys on it singing ‘Mangal Mangal’. Boring.
Can you believe The Rising actually has a girl-on-girl dance in a song? Thats right folks, only Sati was forbidden in 1857, not lesbianism.
A word about Toby Stephens. He is talented. He has worked hard on his hindi diction and it shows. I enjoyed his acting.
I could go on and on about this shitty movie, but I am sure you get the idea.
Thanks to all those birthday wishes! When I have enough money, a treat will materialize…