Mangal Pandey (Film Review)

A Pandey for big bucks
Mangal Pandey
Cast: Aamir Khan, Toby Stephens, Rani Mukherji, Amisha Patel, Kiron Kher
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Himman Dhamija
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Art direction: Nitin Desai
Written by: Farrukh Dhondy
Direction: Ketan Mehta
Showing at theatres in the UAE

There is an inherent falsehood in a film that chooses to be selectively fictional. It becomes a bother in the context of The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (the English/Hindi version) because director Ketan Mehta (whose repertoire includes the outstanding Mirch Masala) brings in too many real-life situations and people in contact with purely fictitious characters for utterly filmy reasons.

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