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Rang De Basanti

Six modern day youth, set self-centredly on their goals, rediscover the passion of the young revolutionaires in pre-Independence India.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 16:53 IST

Cast: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Alice Patten, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Storyline: A young English filmmaker, Sue (Alice Patten), chances upon her grandfather's documents and lands in India with the passion to make a film on Indian revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad amd their contemporaries and their struggle for freedom. Being a struggling filmmaker herself she does not have sufficient funds to cast professional actors and decides to recruit students from Delhi University in her docu-drama.

Her cast:
DJ (Aamir Khan): He passed out of the university five years back but does not want to leave it because he thinks there is nothing really to look forward to in the real world.

Karan (Siddharth): He is the rich son living off the money of his father, the industrialist Rajnath Singhania. He shares a love-hate relationship with his father but continues to live off him, though with some qualms.

Aslam (Kunal Kapoor): He is Muslim boy from a middle-class family,who lives near Jama Masjid. He is a kind of "poet, philosopher and guide" to his friends.

Sukhi (Sharman Joshi): He is the bachcha (baby) of this eclectic gang, with a penchant for pretty young things.

Laxman Pandey (Atul Kulkarni): He is the fundamentalist in the group and the idealist who belives that politics has the power to make the world a better place to live in and

Sonia (Soha Ali Khan): The only girl in the group, she is full of vim and vigour. She is engaged to Ajay (Madhavan) – an air force officer.

These six youngsters are like any young person today seeking their own lives and pursuing their interests with an attitude that is self-centred. Patriotism for them? Pooh! What's that word?

Sue, on the other hand, is deeply inspired by the life and struggle of the Indian revolutionaries and wants the world to recognise their contribution to India's freedom struggle. As her efforts unfold and engulf these six youngsters, what happens is a slow transformation in the lives of all. The six carefree youth open their eyes to a world forgotten. They stop awhile to understand that they are the torchbearers of those great men. They stop to recognise that those (of the revolutionaries) were the lives and theirs was the passion, the courage which they (today's youth), have forgotten. They have forgotten the colour of sacrifice which ruled the lives of the young in pre-independence India - the colour saffron or basanti.

A refreshing
youth film after the mindless fare peddled by Bollywood in the name of film for the young. Remember the recently released Jawani Diwani?

Expectations are high from the pretty as a picture Soha Ali Khan

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 19:35 IST