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RANG DE BASANTI

Director: RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA

INDIA • 2006 • HINDI WITH SUBTITLES • COLOUR • 137 MIN


A YOUNG IDEALISTIC LONDON-BASED FILM-MAKER CHANCES UPON THE DIARIES OF HER GRANDFATHER, WHO SERVED IN THE BRITISH POLICE FORCE IN INDIA DURING THE FREEDOM STRUGGLE. SHE MAKES PLANS TO SHOOT A FILM ON THE INDIAN REVOLUTIONARIES MENTIONED IN THE DIARIES. SHE TRAVELS TO DELHI AND RECUITS A GROUP OF FIVE STUDENT FRIENDS TO PLAY THE ROLES OF THESE REVOLUTIONARIES.
These youngsters could be anyone of us today and their lives mirror the kind of lives the youth of today lead – self-centered, materialistic; ideas like patriotism and making a change are strictly the stuff history books are made of. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India, The five youngsters see things diffently: they’re part of a generation of Indians that believes in consumerism. They would rather party than be patriots. 1930s British India and the India of today run parallel and intersect with each other at crucial points, and as the film reaches its resolution the line between past and present blurs.

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