Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ajay Devgn’s film The Legend Of Bhagat Singh. The actor expressed his gratitude for being a part of such a “monumental film” in an emotional Instagram post. The film, which stars Ajay in the lead role, follows rebel Bhagat Singh as he fights against the British and sacrifices his life for the country.
“Even after 20 years, #TheLegendOfBhagatSingh remains a film I’m pleased to have associated with,” Ajay posted on Twitter. For me and for every Indian, the sentiment in it is eternal. I’m honoured to have had a modest role in such an important picture. “Hail to India.”
Rajkumar Santoshi’s film The Legend Of Bhagat Singh also stars Sushant Singh, Amrita Rao, and Raj Babbar. In 2002, the film was released among a host of other Bhagat Singh biopics. In a 2011 interview, writer Anjum Rajabali discussed how Ajay Devgn was chosen for the part. “Who would play the primary role?” was the main question that surfaced throughout scripting and planning. During the filming of Lajja, Santoshi said he had a lot of interaction with Ajay Devgn. “His eyes and passion fit the persona of Bhagat Singh that I wanted.” We put him through his paces in full costume, and I was pleasantly delighted to find that he resembled the role.”
Kultar Singh, Bhagat Singh’s brother, had remained with the film’s team in Pune. “You know, at Pune, someone told Kultar Singh that he should bless me,” Ajay told Rediff in 2002. ‘How can I bless my elder brother?’ Kultar answered. “I couldn’t stop myself from sobbing.” “He provided us important insights into his brother’s life, information that history has not disclosed,” Ajay continued. Kultar Singh also stated that the other Bhagat films that were released ‘did not reflect Bhagat Singh’s ideas,’ and that he was dissatisfied with them. At the age of 86, Kultar Singh died in 2004.
Ajay further said that Bhagat Singh foresaw many of the issues that the country is currently grappling with now. “This courageous freedom warrior was a brilliant visionary,” he remarked. He had indicated unequivocally that our country will face difficulties like as communalism and corruption. Isn’t that what’s going on right now? “May I venture to suggest that if he had lived 15-20 years after Independence, our country would not be in the state it is today,” Ajay stated at the time.
In 2003, The Legend of Bhagat Singh was nominated for two National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Actor for Ajay Devgn. After Zakhm in 1998, this was Devgn’s second National Film Award.