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Brandon Veltre HIST 303
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Lagaan vs The Rising: Mangel Pandey
The two films Lagaan and The Rising: Mangel Pandey are stories that tell of the Indian people banding together to defeat the British in rejection of their rule over the sub-continent. Movies set in the colonial periods of India are well like by the Indian people as it portrays a significant role in their history and helped form India to what it is today. For example, the British built cities and infrastructure like railways that the Indian people still use today. But the British also inadvertently banded the many different peoples of India together against them, which is what these two movies are all about. Lagaan and The Rising express the unity of Hindus and Muslims, and the breaking of the caste system to form friendship. These two films also depict the British in almost identical ways; all but one of the Britsh characters is scornful about and neglects the Indian people and their customs. It may be coincidence that the same actor, Aamir Khan, plays the main character in both movies that unites the different groups together and share a bond with the “good” British character. However, the extent of the historical accuracy of the portrayal of colonial Britain is up to debate. Of the two films, The Rising presents a more accurate presentation of colonial Britain than Lagaan in its portrayal of the British, Indian society, and the reason why the peoples of India converging to combat British rule.
The hit film, Lagaan, is not only extremely entertaining, but it reminds the Indian people what hardships they have gone through under the British rule and appreciate the freedom they fought for. It’s the characters of the film that really drive this point, and the actors portraying them put all of their effort into their roles. For instance, Paul Blackthorne (Captain Russell)...

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