Thursday, October 30, 2003

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Bollywood invite for Prince Charles

Prince Charles to Open Shooting for The Rising

According to this article from The BBC Prince Charles, during his nine-day visit to India, will step on to the set and sound the clapboard for the film, The Rising - a film about the first major Indian revolt against British rule, this Monday (November 3).

The Rising, produced by Bobby Bedi, directed by Ketan Mehta, filmed in both English and and Hindi, features some of Bollywood's biggest stars including Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, and Amir Khan to name just a few.

The film is based on the 1857 uprising when Hindu and Muslim soldiers revolted against the British East India Company, over fears that gun cartridges were greased with animal fat forbidden by their religions. While the British described this as a Mutiny, which resulted in the the British taking control of most of the country, to desis standing up for themselves because of the beginning of British caused injustices, it was truly an Uprising. The story of the film revolves around Indian freedom fighter Mangal Pandey (played by Khan) and his friendship with a British commanding officer. The revolutionary was eventually executed for his role in the uprising, which killed British troops.

Is this going to be India's next Oscar Award Nominee?


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