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23rd
AUG

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

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The Legned of Bhagat SinghAfter watching Asoka a few years ago, I got interested in films from India. Most of these films are long, think more than 2 hours, and they feature a lot of singing and dancing. I would classify The Legend of Bhagat Singh, as a political historical piece much like Malcom X, but with musical dance numbers. Overall the film’s story is compelling and some may find it’s portrayal of Ghandi a bit disturbing or inaccurate, but it does manage to go over important events without killing the flow of the story.

There are many different films about Bhagat Singh, this is one of the more recent ones, and the most chronilogical. Bhagat was essentially a socialist who lived during India’s colonial period, and who ended up being imprisoned due to his socialist political actions.

As for this film some of the musical scenes were a bit weak and some of the dialogue got to be a bit redundant, especially when it started to sound overly nationalistic. The best scenes were the dramatic ones where Bhagat is in prison and when he saids goodbye to his family for the last time. The beginning childhood scenes were interesting, especially the massacre scene where the young Bhagat walks around and sees the massacre as it happened.

The DVD did not have much for extras, and there is only one default language track, which is not English, but the subtitles were easy to follow and with most Indian films, there is a lot of singing which you don’t need to follow all that closely.

In conclusion if you want to know more about the history of India’s movements, this is a good film. For an engaging dramatic film, I recommend Asoka and for action, Mission Kashmir.

3 out 5 stars

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