Mangal Pandey was an Indian Soldier, and one of the most prominent freedom fighters of the country. He contributed heavily to the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He operated as a Sepoy in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment, that belonged to the East Indian Company. He has been maligned as a traitor from the British troops, while Indian history regards him as one of the greatest rebels for the freedom of the nation. He was born in a Brahmin family, July 19 1836, in the Nagwa, Uttar Pradesh. He joined the BNI in 1857. Mangal Pandey’s life has lend itself to many cinematic interpretations because of his heroism and the spirit to never bow down to the British anarchy.
Aamir Khan starred in the movie, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, directed by Ketan Mehta. The movie also involved Amisha Patel, Rani Mukherjee, and Toby Stevens. And even though the movie was not met with much enthusiastic response from the audiences, it is still a very popular adaptation of his life and struggles.
Mangal Pandey has been honored by the Indian government, as a postage stamp with his image was released on October 5 1984. Mangal Pandey has become one of the most enduring icons of rebellion for the country, and even inspired the people who fought for the country in the years after his demise.