The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language biographical period film, it was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film was produced by Kumar and Ramesh Taurani’s Tips Industries.It features Ajay Devgn in a leading role along with Sushant Singh, D. Santosh and Akhilendra Mishra as the other lead characters. Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal and Amrita Rao play supporting roles.
The film is about Bhagat Singh, a socialist revolutionary who fought for Indian independence along with fellow members of the Hindustan Republic Association. The film based on Bhagat’s life from his childhood where he witnesses the Jallianwala Bagh massacre until the day he was hanged to death—23 March 1931.
The film was released on 7th June 2002, the total budget of ₹200–250 million he film underperformed at the box office, grossing only ₹129 million. The film won two National Film Awards – Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Actor for Devgn
Initially Sunny Deol was cast as Bhagat, but he left the project owing to schedule conflicts and differences with Santoshi over his remuneration. Later role went to Ajay Devgn
Principal photography began in January 2002 and was completed in May. The first schedule of filming took place in Agra and Manali following which the unit moved to the Film City studio in Mumbai.
According to the film’s cinematographer, K. V. Anand, around 85 sets were constructed at Film City by Nitin Chandrakant Desai who was in charge of the production design,
A. R. Rahman was composed the soundtrack and score for The Legend of Bhagat Singh, and this was his first collaboration with Santoshi. And lyrics was written by Sameer Sameer
The Legend of Bhagat Singh traces the life and times of Bhagat Singh. The film shows a very young Bhagat Singh who is witnessing the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in a “surreal” way, then moves to his disillusioned by the backtracking done by the Mahatma, and picks up steam as the young college student Bhagat turns into a firebrand.
The ragtag team of comrades gather and nucleate around Chandra Shekhar Azad to rob the train going through Kakori. Then Saunders is murdered by the revolutionaries. And finally in an attempt to show the nation that they are serious revolutionaries and not terrorists and to win popular support for their cause, they blast a bomb in the assembly and are arrested.
Many months in prison follow with deprivations, a fast to improve conditions in jail, torture and force feedings. The trio of Bhagat, Raj guru and Sukhdev are sentenced to hang for the murder of Saunders but not before the nation is energized and change is in the air.
These freedom fighters were forgotten by the main stream politicians, it is pity on our government who has tried to hide the reality from the generations after Independence. They have made our great heroes terrorists in School books so that coming generations should not have much interest in reading about them.