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Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh (1974)

  • Release Date14/11/1974
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguagePunjabi
  • Length3850.23 meters
  • Number of Reels16 reels
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-75980-MUMBAI
  • Certificate Date12/09/1974
  • Shooting LocationOutdoor Locations of Punjab, Famous Cine Studios Mahalaxmi, Bombay

Great-martyr Sardar Bhagat Singh is remembered by the people of India with great respect and honour. Although he was born in Punjab, his sacrifice for his motherland is a matter of great pride for all Indians. The Punjab Government has honoured the mother of Sardar Bhagat Singh by bestowing the title of ‘Punjab Mata’ on her. Not only this, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru also mentioned his immense respect for this great martyr in his book, writing, “We could not save him although he was a beloved freedom fighter. His great sacrifice and courage is a source of inspiration for the young generation of India. We all are proud of this great freedom fighter”.

Bhagat Singh is born on27thSeptember, 1907 in a family of revolutionaries/ freedom fighters Bhaiyaji (Gursharan Singh) and Bebe (Kamla Bhag Singh). It is an auspicious day for the family because his father Kishan Singh (Aroon) and his uncle Ajit Singh (Dev Kumar) are released from jail. He (Master Rattan) is named ‘Bhagawalan’. The feeling of love for the country is aroused in Bhagat Singh by his uncle Sardar Ajit Singh and his wife Harnam Kaur (Lata Arora). As a child he plays with guns. Due to increased surveillance by the police on Ajit’s revolutionary activities, Ajit goes underground and shifts his activities outside India. Bhagat Singh has his ‘Shaheedi Chola’ coloured in his childhood as he is greatly inspired by the sacrifice of ‘Panch Piyare’.‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’ becomes a part of his life. As Bhagat Singh (Som Dutt) grows up, he is very much influenced and inspired by the sacrifice of Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Bhagat Singh starts taking an active part in the freedom struggle. He assembles all the young comrades at Firozeshah Kotla Delhi and infuses the feeling of love for the country in their hearts. The Simon Commission is sent to India by the British Empire. During the anti- Simon Commission demonstrations, Lala Lajpat Rai is severely injured by the police lathi-charge and he ultimately sacrifices his life for the motherland. Bhagat Singh takes a vow to extract revenge for this brutal killing. After a few days, he, along with his associates, shoot the killer of Lalaji and thus take revenge. This incident enhances the fire of love for freedom among the young comrades. Bhagat Singh escapes from Lahore in the disguise of an English Sahib with the help of Durga Bhabhi (Rajni Bala). 

He meets renowned revolutionaries like Batukeshwar Dutt and Azad in Kanpur and they decide to step up their activities. In order to convey their strong sentiments for freedom of the country to the British Government and the public, Bhagat Singh and his associates enter the Assembly and throw a smoke bomb. Bhagat Singh surrenders himself before the police instead of running away from the scene. The statement, which he gives before the court, makes him respectable in the eyes of the public. He is charged with different offences and tried in various courts. At last, they are charged with conspiracy to kill the British police officers in a particular court in which there are only Judges. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev(Paresh Nanda) are sentenced to death and they are hanged on 24th March, 1931, a day before the actual date of hanging. Thus, Bhagat Singh sacrifices his life for the freedom of his motherland in the prime of his youth with his own slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. 



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