23rd March 1931: Shaheed is a 2002 Indian Hindi historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, directed by Guddu Dhanoa which depicts the events leading up to the hanging of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and his companions Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23 March 1931. The film stars Bobby Deol as Bhagat Singh, his elder brother Sunny Deol as Chandrashekhar Azad and Amrita Singh in her comeback role as Bhagat Singh's mother. Aishwarya Rai has a special appearance in a song.
This is the second time real-life brothers Sunny and Bobby Deol appear in a film together after Dillagi (1999). They later appeared together again in several films like Apne (2007), Heroes (2011) and Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011).
The film's release coincided with another film based on Bhagat Singh directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and titled The Legend of Bhagat Singh. Both films bombed at the box office and were both declared disasters. However both were critically appreciated. The film picked up a Zee Cine Technical Award for Best Art Direction by Nitish Roy. Simple Kapadia, the costume designer of the movie also distinguished herself with a perfect replica of the 1930s costumes, making the movie even more realistic. This makes the movie more interesting.
Set in 1931, British India, the film tells the story of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad who have only one motive in mind: Freedom for India. They set about doing this task together with two other men, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Bhagat Singh is enraged when his mentor Lala Lajpatrai is mercilessly beaten to death by the police, and he sets about to avenge his death. He and his colleagues do succeed in killing one of the officials responsible, but they are identified and as a result Bhagat and Rajguru are arrested and held in prison where they are tortured relentlessly.
When produced in court, they dramatically admit to the killing and claim that it was done in the name of Freedom. The judge and the public prosecutor do not see it that their way and they are sentenced to life in prison. Bhagat's mother, Vidya, comes to meet him in prison, and he goes to greet her, shackled in chains from head to toe, and he foretells that India will continue to suffer, even after Independence from the British, and that he will return in another birth to free his motherland. Subsequently, all three are charged with treason and assassination and are sentenced to death.Bobby Deol as Bhagat Singh
Sunny Deol as Chandrashekhar Azad
Amrita Singh as Vidya (Bhagat Singh's mother)
Rahul Dev as Sukhdev
Vicki Ahuja as Rajguru
Divya Dutta as Durga Bhabhi
Vivek Shauq as Bhagwati Charan Vohra
Sachin Khedekar as Advocate Asaf Ali
Suresh Oberoi as Jailor Chaddha
Shakti Kapoor as Chattar Singh
Aishwarya Rai in a Special appearance
Raja Bundela as Lala Lajpat Rai
Akshay Anand as Ram Prasad Bismil
Suresh Chatwal as Kishori Lal
Imran Khan as Kartar Singh Sarabha
Deepak Sharma as Jatindra Nath Das
Sanjay Tripathi as Hansraj Vohra
Rana Jung Bahadur as Lawyer
Tej Sapru as Dilbag Singh
Indal Singh as Jaigopal
Samaresh Routray as Yashpal
Rajesh Khera as Sardar Ajit Singh
Manoj Tiwari as Birbhadra Tiwari
23rd March 1931: Shaheed was released on 7 June 2002 on the same day when The legend of Bhagat Singh was released the film opened well but dropped quickly at the box office and was declared an flop at the box office. But the movie was well appreciated.
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