In the film, "Rang De Basanti",Sue, a struggling British film-maker, chances upon her grandfather's diary and reads about his encounters with Indian radicals and Revolutioneries while serving the Raj. She travels to India, intrigued by the story of the alternative Indian struggle for freedom, distinct from the non-violent Gandhian one, featuring revoluneries such as Chandra sekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh, who was hanged by the British. With the help of an Indian friend Sonia, played by Soha Ali khan, she finds actors, including Daljieet, also known as DJ, played by Asmir Jhan, to make a film about about them. For the young Indians, learning of what Singh and Azad did, is a new awakening and they realise that they have lived a selfish pleasure, seeking lived ignoring India's pressing problems.
As this new awakening dawns, tragedy strikes Sonia's fiance, Ajay, played by Madhavan, an Indian air-force pilot, is killed during routine practice when the MiG crashes. It turns out Ajay chose to steer the plane away from the nearby village instead of ejecting, sacrificing his life to save the villagers. The Govt. blame pilot error. But Sonia and her friends know Ajay was a seasoned pilot and there have been many MiG crashes of late. They discover the crash was due to a corrupt defence minister, played by Mohan Agashe, who had signed a contract for cheap, spurioud MiG spare parts in return for a long kickback.
The group decide to protest peacefully. Police forcefully break up the protest. The young men decide to emulate the exploits of their new heroes. Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad, fighting corruptin as they did against the British. Eventually, they end up shooting the defence minister.
They film provoked huge debate in India. What impressed Indians was that the film did not go into the historical rights and wrongs which clearly bore many Indians and avoided cliches so common to Bollywood." Rang De Basanti" is definitely a big thing over here. If you look at the blog sites and internet bulletin boards. bloggers talk about a Rang De Basant---style protes
The choice of the cast had all sorts of resonances. Muslims llayed Hindu characters and Hindus played Muslims. So Aamir played the Hidu Daljit, while Kunal played a Muslim, Aslam.
The film is , no doubt, well made, nice-scrpted and unmistakablly edited. The vigour, virth, vitality do not fall on the wane. The happy-go lucky young souls stil retain the valiance. ethos. vigour as their freedom fighter forefathers under the outward conduct of shallow impishness...