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Rang De Basanti

January 26, 2006
2hr 47min
Status: released

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Rang De Basanti Movie Details:

Country India
Language Hindi
GenreComedy, Drama
Release dateJanuary 26, 2006
Running time2hr 47min
StarringAamir Khan
Atul Kulkarni
Sharman Joshi
Kunal Kapoor
Alice Patten
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Written byDialogues:
Rensil D’Silva
Prasoon Joshi
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Kamlesh Pandey
Rensil D’Silva
Aamir Khan (Climax)
Story by Kamlesh Pandey
Produced byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Ronnie Screwvala
Cinematography by Binod Pradhan
Edited by P. S. Bharathi
Music byA. R. Rahman
Production CompanyRakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Distributor UTV Motion Pictures

Rang De Basanti Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Aamir Khan as Daljit “DJ” Singh / Chandra Shekhar Azad
  • Siddharth as Karan Singhania / Bhagat Singh
  • Sharman Joshi as Sukhi Ram / Shivaram Rajguru
  • Kunal Kapoor as Aslam Khan / Ashfaqullah Khan
  • Soha Ali Khan as Sonia Chaudhary / Durgawati Devi
  • Atul Kulkarni as Lakshman Pandey / Ram Prasad Bismil
  • R. Madhavan as Flight Lt. Ajay Singh Rathod (special appearance)
  • Alice Patten as Sue McKinley
  • Waheeda Rehman as Mrs. Aishwarya Rathod, Ajay’s mother
  • Kirron Kher as Mitro Kaur, DJ’s mother
  • Om Puri as Amanullah Khan, Aslam’s father
  • Anupam Kher as Rajnath Singhania, Karan’s father
  • Mohan Agashe as Defence Minister V. K. Shastri
  • Steven Mackintosh as James McKinley, Sue’s grandfather
  • Boman Irani as Kalia
  • Lekh Tandon as DJ’s grandfather
  • K. K. Raina as Raghuvir Mishra
  • Chandan Roy Sanyal as Batukeshwar Dutt
  • Badrul Islam as Ravi Das / Sukhdev Thapar


A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather’s diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men.

Rang De Basanti Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Budget₹25 crore (approximately US$5.5 million)
Opening Day₹3.12 crore
First Weekend₹7.69 crore (US$960,000)
Domestic Collection₹75.16 crore
International CollectionUS$5,170,000
Worldwide Collection₹97.9 crore

About Rang De Basanti Movie:

Rang De Basanti is a Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, British Actress Alice Patten, and Soha Ali Khan.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra took seven years to research and develop the story, including three to write the script. The development of Rang De Basanti originated with several ideas Mehra came up with early on but later dropped or greatly evolved into new directions.

Rang De Basanti suffered a significant setback when one of the initial producers failed to contribute any funds, leaving the production’s future uncertain just two months before the start of principal photography. However, after Aamir Khan agreed to act in the film, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra approached Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures with the script, securing the necessary support to move forward.

Rang De Basanti marked Telugu actor Siddharth and British Actress Alice Patten’s Bollywood debut. The role played by Siddharth was also initially offered to Farhan Akhtar, but he wasn’t ready to act. Preity Zinta was also offered Soha Ali Khan’s role but she declined. Shahid Kapoor was offered Siddharth’s role but had issues with his character.

After rejecting the role of DJ, Shah Rukh Khan was also offered the role of Flight Lieutenant Ajay Rathod. However, his busy schedule prevented him from accepting it. The role was later taken by R. Madhavan, and this cameo turned out to be one of the best performances of his Bollywood career.

Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, and R. Madhavan again shared the screen as friends in ‘3 Idiots,’ another praised and successful film which was released in 2009, four years after the release of this film.

The film was shot in New Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, and Punjab, and was officially launched at a hotel on February 1, 2005. When the shooting began, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra announced to his crew that they would enjoy their holiday only in July.

Rang De Basanti was released globally on January 26, 2006. The film received positive response from critics. Upon release, the film broke all opening box office records in India, becoming the country’s highest-grossing film in its opening weekend and holding the highest opening-day collections for a Hindi film.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 BAFTA Awards. The film was chosen as India’s official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, though it did not ultimately yield a nomination for either award.

A. R. Rahman’s soundtrack, which earned positive reviews, had two of its tracks considered for an Academy Award nomination.

Rang De Basanti Movie Controversy:

Upon the release of Rang De Basanti, the Film Certification Board of India sought the views of the Indian Defence Ministry due to scenes depicting the use of MiG-21 fighter aircraft. However, after viewing the movie, the ministry found no problems and allowed UTV to release the film. Additionally, there were some issues with the Animal Welfare Board of India concerning a banned Indian horse race depicted in the film.