The Legend of Bhagat Singh

The Legend of Bhagat singh

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Kumar Taurani
Ramesh Taurani
Written by Piyush Mishra (Dialogue)
Screenplay by Anjum Rajabali
Starring Ajay Devgan
Amrita Rao
Sushant Singh
D. Santosh
Raj Babbar
Farida Jalal
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography K. V. Anand
Edited by V. N. Mayekar
Distributed by Tips Industries Limited
Release dates
7 June 2002
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Indian historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence.[1] It was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and starred Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh, and D. Santosh. It 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 Legend of Bhagat Singh 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 Singh's body, so that he could not be made into a martyr, and then flashbacks to the past to tell his story. A historical feel was created by using a sepia tint throughout the film.


Bhagat Singh was born in British India in 1907. 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 Reginald Dyer to massacre thousands of innocent men, women and children in Jallianwala Bagh. As a child he was impressed by Mahatma Gandhi, especially his call to launch the non-cooperation movement, which led to thousands of people burning British-made clothing, giving up school, college studies, and government jobs only to be let down by Gandhi when he called off the movement. Undaunted, Bhagat Singh (Ajay Devgan) 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 named Mannavali (Amrita Rao) .

When Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death by the police, Bhagat, with Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev, and others daringly carried out the assassination of a police officer named Saunders, which eventually led to Bhagat's arrest. He was lodged in a cell, tortured and beaten mercilessly. But being a revolutionary was in Bhagat's blood: When the British proposed the Trade Disputes and Public Safety Bills, he initiated the bombing in the Indian Parliament Building, with Batukeshwar Dutt, He took utmost care of the safety of people in parliament by throwing bombs at empty benches .He was 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 Lahore 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 in Gandhi's court for he was due to sign the Irwin 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 album by A. R. Rahman
Released May 2002 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Film soundtrack
Label TIPS
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kannathil Muthamittal
The Legend of Bhagat Singh

Lyrics: Sameer, Music: A. R. Rahman

Song Artist(s)
"Mahive Mahive" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
"Jogiya Jogiya" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
"Mera Rang De Basanti" Sonu Nigam, Manmohan Waris
"Pagdi Sambhal Jatta" Sukhwinder Singh, Ian Davies
"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


National Awards

Filmfare Awards

Zee Cine Awards

Release and reception

The Legend of Bhagat Singh's release coincided with another based on Bhagat Singh, 23rd March 1931: Shaheed which starred Bobby Deol in the lead role. Both were disasters at box office, although the film won rave reviews. The background score composed by A. R. Rahman also received critical acclaim. It was considered for the Best Background Score nomination in the 50th National Film Awards, which falls under the Best Music Direction category. Rahman's critically acclaimed Saathiya was also considered for a nomination for Best Music Direction. However, it lost to Kannathil Muthamittal in the same year, which was also composed by Rahman himself.


  1. Christopher Pinney (2004). 'Photos of the Gods': The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. Reaktion Books. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-1-86189-184-6.
  2. Awards IMDB.
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