9RANG DE BASANTI (2006)
Directed by distinguished filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006) is one of the most popular patriotic films in India, which released globally on 26th January 2006. Starring an ensemble star cast of Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan, R. Madhavan and Waheeda Rehman in important roles, the movie was made on a budget of Rs. 25 crores and, by the time, it wrapped up its theatrical run at the box office it had made a whopping collection of Rs. 92 crores and was declared a blockbuster.
‘Rang De Basanti’ was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and had the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood film. An entertaining mix of romance, history and social commentary, the movie is still popular among the audience, especially youngsters, for its taut screenplay and engaging dialogues. The story of the movie revolved around a British documentary filmmaker who visits India to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former British officer. When she arrives in India, she chooses five young men to play the characters of Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, Ashfaqulla Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil.
When ‘Rang De Basanti’ hit screens in India, it received an overwhelming response from all critics. Everyone unanimously praised the film, in particular, performance of all the actors and credibility of the storyline. The film had a huge impact on Indian society after its release. At the 53rd National Awards, ‘Rang De Basanti’ won four awards, including Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. In addition to that, it also won five Filmfare Awards. Rang De Basanti was chosen as India’s official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, though it did not ultimately yield a nomination for either award.
TRIVIA: The film was to be made both in Hindi and English versions. The English version was to be titled “Paint It Yellow”. The plans for the English version were dropped subsequently.