Rang De Basanti is a 2006 film starring Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, R. Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Kirron Kher and Alice Patten. The movie starts out with Alice’s Patten’s character Sue Mckinley reading her grandfather’s diary. Her grandfather was a office for the British army and stationed in India during the time of the Indian Independence Movement. The rich literature that he left behind to Sue, struck her so much that it became apart of her life’s goal to create a film about these unspoken stories and heros that died for freedom.
Insert Daljit “DJ” (Aamir Khan), Karan Singhania (Siddharth Narayan), Aslam Khan (Kunal Kapoor) and Sukhi Ram (Sharman Joshi)–a group of Indian college students, not particularly fond of their nationality. They have given up on the thought of freedom and a non-corrupt society in their country; and clung to the idea that it would be better to move to the West and gain an easy fortune, than to try to stay and rebuild the hopeless East.
As the story moves on, Sue–an outsider–manages to light the fire of nationalism in these boys, and they become heros in their own way.
Our rating: 4/5
The story was well put together–everything seemed to fit together just right, but the overall tone of the movie was pretty depressing–yet it instilled the flame of nationalism, not just to the characters, but to the viewers as well. This is a good political-historical drama with modern ties.
As a side note: the music by A.R. Rahman is fantastic.