Rang De Basanti is regarded as one of the best movies in Indian cinema. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra it was produced by him and Ronnie Screwvala. This 2006 release earned approximately over Rs. 1.36 billion.
The multi star cast consists of Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Siddharth Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni and Alice Patten. The movie is written by Kamlesh Pandey and it had hit songs like “rang de basanti”, “khalbali” and “lika chuppi”.
Rang De Basanti’s about Sue Mckinley (Alice), a struggling British filmmaker; fascinated by the freedom fighter movement that took place during Indian’s independence. She learns about the following freedom fighters through her grandfather’s diary who was an officer then; Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, Shfagqulla Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil. Sue is friends with Sonia (Soha) and she wants to make a film about these heroes. She comes across Daljit also known as DJ (Aamir), Karan Singhania (Siddharth), Aslam (Kunal) and Sukhi (Sharman) who are to play the Fighers and Laxman Pandey (Atul) who plays another character in the film.
These college students soon realize their lives are very similar to the freedom fighters and they start identifying with their characters. Sonia’s fiancé Ajay Singh Rathod (Madhavan) is a Flight Lieutenant in the Indian Air Force and dies when his plane fails. The Government refuses to take responsibility and blames the pilot for this crash. The group soon discovers the reason the plane failed was because corrupt defense minister (Mohan) sold cheap aircraft parts and Karan’s father (Anupam) played a part in this deal too.
The students protest and want justice for their friend and kill the defense minister. While they’re disclosing what happened via All India Radio to the Country, they are killed by the police.