‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, the Hindi period drama film, stars Ajay Devgn in the titular role. It also features actors including Sushant Singh, Akhilendra Mishra and D Santosh in key roles while features Amrita Rao, Farida Jalal and Raj Babbar in supporting roles.
The plot of the film revolves around the life of the socialist revolutionary who had fought for Indian Independence. It shows Bhagat Singh’s childhood during which he witnesses the atrocities committed by the British officials towards Indians and he gets traumatized by the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Following the incident, he vows to liberate the country from colonial rule.
The film was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and was produced under Tips Industries which received positive reviews from the critics for its direction and performances portrayed by Ajay Devgn and Sushant Singh. ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ has also won two National Film Awards.
As the movie has received two Awards, here are some interesting facts about the film that the fans need to know.
The director wanted Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to portray the female lead, the character of Mannewali. However, the actress was working on another Bhagat Singh movie ‘Shaheed’ which got released on the same date.
In 2002, Ajay Devgn received his second National Film Award for his portrayal of Bhagat Singh as the first one was for his movie ‘Zakhm’.
Sunny Deol was formerly cast for the part of Chandrasekhar Azad. According to reports, he had asked Rajkumar Santoshi to cast Bobby Deol in the lead role but the director refused to replace Ajay Devgn. As a result, Sunny Deol dropped the film and signed for Guddu Dhanoa’s movie ‘Shaheed’ which created a fallout between Sunny and the director.
The director chose the actors Sushant Singh, Amitabh Battacharya and D Santosh for the characters of Sukhdev, Jatin Das and Rajguru, as the actors’ appearances resembled to that of the freedom fighters.
The three films based on the life of Bhagat Singh – ‘The Legend of the Bhagat Singh’, ‘Shaheed’ and ‘Shaeed E Azam’ – came out on the same day.