'Rang De Basanti' chosen for first Mauritius Film Festival
To mark the 50th anniversary of its independence, Mauritius is holding the first ever Mauritius International Film Festival during October 5-8. On the occasion, it will screen films themed on freedom and independence from around the world. From India, the cult 'Rang De Basanti' (2006) by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has been chosen. Mehra has also been invited as a guest of honor.
RDB, a movie that redefined patriotism
A decade ago, RDB released and left a deep mark in the Indian movie industry. It redefined patriotism and turned out to be a film "that became a moment". Starring reputed actors like Aamir Khan and Madhavan, it told of a group of carefree youths whose lives change when one of their friends, an IAF pilot, is killed in a MiG crash.
Did you know these tidbits about the cult movie?
The first draft of the movie, then named 'The Young Guns of India', was made in 1997-98. It was initially supposed to narrate Chandrashekhar Azad's story along with other freedom fighters. Neither Aamir Khan nor Madhavan were the first choices; Khan told Mehra that 'while he was narrating the script, every bone in his body was shouting no'.
Director Mehra will also be a guest of honor
At the Festival, Mehra, who has made other hit films like 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' and 'Delhi 6', will also take part in a Film Directing Masterclass with director and actor Justin Chadwick.