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The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Kumar Taurani
Ramesh S. Taurani
Written by Ranjit Kapoor
Piyush Mishra
Anjum Rajabali< />Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring Ajay Devgan
Sushant Singh
Ian Davies
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography K. V. Anand
Editing by V.N. Mayekar
Release date(s) 7 June 2002
Running time 155 min.
Country India
Language Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Bollywood historic biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence. It was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and starred Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh, and Ian Davies. The film was released on 7 June 2002, and went on to win two National Film Awards, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, and three Filmfare Awards, including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie.

The film was hit at the box office, and noted for its direction and sound track. The film shows in detail how Singh came to develop his views on the British Raj and his struggle for Indian independence. The film begins with scenes depicting how the British attempted to dispose of the body of Singh, so that he cannot be made into a martyr, and then flashbacks to the past to tell his story. A historical feel in the film was created by using a sepia tint throughout the entire film.



Bhagat was born in British India during the year 1908. As a child he witnessed numerous atrocities committed on fellow Indians by their British rulers, who came to trade under the guise of the East India Company, but ended up controlling most of the nation, and permitting tyrants such as General Dyer to massacre thousands of innocent men, women and children in Jallianwala Baug. As a child he was impressed by Mohandas K. Gandhi, especially his call to launch the non-cooperation movement, which led to thousands of people burning British-made clothing, giving up schools, & college studies, and government jobs - only to be let down by Gandhi himself when he called off the movement. Undaunted, Bhagat decided to be a revolutionary, starting with getting into petty fights, then as a grown-up joining the Hindustan Republic Association. His father, Kishan, paid Rs.60,000/- and bailed him out, so that he could get him to run a dairy-farm and get married to a girl from Manavali. When Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death by the police, Bhagat, along with Shivram Rajguru, Sukhdev, and others daringly carried out the assassination of a police officer named Saunders, which eventually led to Bhagat's arrest, where he was lodged in a cell, tortured and beaten mercilessly.But being a revolutionary was in Bhagat's blood, and when the British proposed the Trade Disputes and Public Safety Bills, he would initiate the bombing in the Indian Parliament Building, along with Batukeshwar Dutt, be arrested, and tried in an open court. This is where Bhagat launched his much-publicized revolution, and became popular with the masses, especially the younger generation, laborers, and farmers, so much so that his popularity rivaled that of Gandhi himself. Even in prison, Bhagat made headline news when he and other prisoners undertook a 63 day fast unto death to improve the conditions of Indian freedom-fighter prisoners. Then the British re-opened the Saunders' murder case, which led to death sentences being imposed on Bhagat, Shivram, and Sukhdev. The entire nation rose up in protest, including the Congress party - with the ball being in Gandhi's court - for he was due to sign the Irwing Pact, and Indians hoped that he would use this as a bargaining chip to save the lives of the heroic trio.



The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released May 2002 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
A.M. Studios
Genre Film soundtrack
Label TIPS
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kannathil Muthamittal
The Legend of Bhagat Singh

Lyrics: Sameer

Song Artist(s)
Mera Rang De Basanti Sonu Nigam, Manmohan Waris
Pagdi Sambhal Jatta Sukhwinder Singh, Ian Davies
Mahive Mahive Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Sonu Nigam
Dil Se Niklegi Sukhwinder Singh
Shora So Pahchaniye Karthik, Raqueeb, Sukhwinder Singh
Desh Mere Desh A.R.Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna - Reprise Sonu Nigam, Hariharan
Kasam Tumko Watan Sukhwinder Singh
Jogiya Jogiya Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Reena Bharadwaj


Filmfare Awards

National Awards

Zee Cine Awards


  • Ajay Devgan's performance won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. However, the performance of Ian Davies is considered by many critics to have eclipsed that of Devgan. In particular for its subtlety and the portrayal of the understated angst resulting from the colonial guilt of his character, an English policeman.
  • The film's release coincided with another film based on Bhagat Singh, 23rd March 1931: Shaheed which starred Bobby Deol in the lead role as Bhagat Singh.
  • The film won rave reviews as well as Critics awards of Best Film and Best Actor in the Filmfare awards(2003).It also won the National Award for Best Hindi Film.


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Preceded by
Dil Chahta Hai
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
Succeeded by
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Preceded by
Dil Chahta Hai
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Succeeded by
Raghu Romeo

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