Rang De Basanti
Director : Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast : Walter Thompson, Steven Mackintosh, Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Kirron Kher, K. K. Raina, Kunal Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Waheeda Rehman, Lekh Tandon, Om Puri, Manmeet Singh, Alice Patten, Badrul Islam, Siddharth Suryanarayan, Mukesh Chhabra, Cyrus Sahukar
Rang De Basanti Trivia
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had earlier approached Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham for the role of Ajay Rathod and Sukhi which did not work out and Madhavan and Sharman Joshi played the parts.
The film RANG DE BASANTI got into several controversies before the release of the film. The release of the film was delayed by a few weeks. The controversies revolved around the use and mention of MIG aircrafts and the scene where Aamir Khan rides a horse.
Some scenes were shot at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, the holiest shrine in Sikhism. Rang De Basanti was the first production allowed to film there in fifteen years.
The film was to be made both in Hindi/Urdu and English versions. The English version was to be titled "Paint It Yellow". The plans for the English version were dropped subsequently.
The title literally means "Color It Saffron." Saffron (yellow-orange) signifies sacrifice in India. The film title, if translated into English, is usually rendered as "Paint It Yellow."
Aamir Khan was initially uncertain about taking on the role of DJ, as he was in his 40s and DJ was a 25-year old Punjabi in the film. He eventually accepted, though, and hired a tutor to aid him in Punjabi speech and accents.
There are cameos in this film by model Mandira Singh and British born director Mousir Syed.
A line spoken by the character Daljeet was later adopted by Indian university students protesting against an increase in reserved university seats for scheduled castes. "There are only two ways to lead your life -- one, let things happen in their own way and tolerate it, and second, take responsiblity to change it."
Some scenes had to be removed from the movie after animal activist and Lok Sabha MP Maneka Gandhi protested. The scenes had been filmed before the production had applied for and received the necessary permission from Animal Welfare Board of India (of which she is president).
Rang De Basanti was selected as the official entry to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film from India.