The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a film narrating the story of the freedom fighter who
laid his life for the nation. The film produced by TIPS is directed by one of the master
craftsman – Rajkumar Santoshi. TLOBS is a very gripping presentation of the freedom
fighters life sketch shot in the backdrop of that period. After Asoka, Lagaan, this
is one more period film. There are four more versions of the same story woven into
films. TLOBS appears to be an out and out winner in the race of Bhagat Singh.
The film starts with a gripping scene of three bodies being smuggled out of Lahore
Central Jail by the back gate. They are taken to an isolated place and secretly cremated
by British officers. The next day this incident creates a national chaos throughout the
country. Then comes the flash back narrating the circumstances, which made a simple
youth into a terror for the British. The film speaks about Bhagat Singh's intense
agony at a tender age of only 12 years during the dreadful Jallainwala Baug
massacre. Bhagat Singh enthusiastically participated in the Mahatma’s non-cooperation
movement of 1921, but soon gets disappointed on the withdrawal of the movement
by The Mahatma. Bhagat Singh was very young but was very curious and
intelligent. TLOBS narrates his obsession to make a plan that would free his country
from the inhuman oppression of the British.
Ajay Devgan was a perfect selection by the director to play the role of Bhagat
Singh. Ajay’s performance in TLOBS is worth winning admiration and awards. Rajkumar
Santoshi has succeeded in making a magnificent life portrayal of the legendary
freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in a very lucid but effective way. The writer Anjum
Rajabali has done a great but tough job and is worth applause for scripting the
life of a legend. The dialogues by Piyush Mishra, Ranjeet Kapoor, Rajkumar Santoshi
himself, are very natural. A few dialogues against the British’s are sure to
be received with a thunderous applause in India after the success of
Gadar-Ek Prem Katha. A.R. Rahman's music goes well with the film. TLOBS has
a few melodious songs like 'Mera Rang De' and 'Pagdi Sambhal Jatta'. The
background music is too good and requires a special mention.
Sushant Singh as Sukhdev has delivered an excellent performance with
Akhilendra Mishra as Chandrashekhar Azad making a mark for himself. D.
Santosh as Rajguru is no less. Raj Babbar is good. Farida Jalal gets
ample scope to display histrionics and succeeds. Amrita Rao is all right.
On the whole, THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH is a winner all the way and will be
remembered for the same.
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