Call Me Stormy

Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

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Playing the prostitute Heera, Rani Mukerji leads a spirited village dance in the 2005 Bollywood epic The Rising. It’s based on a true-life historical incident — the Indian Uprising of 1857, in which Hindu and Muslim soldiers turned against the colony’s British rulers. The catalyst for the mutiny: The British introduced new rifles that used bullets greased with animal fat, the cattle lard offending the Hindus, the pig fat getting the Muslims riled up. The great Indian actor Aamir Khan plays the leader of the rebellion, Mangal Pandey, Heera’s lover. There are also flashes here of a different pair of lovers — a British officer sympathetic to the rebellion and the Indian widow he deeply desires.

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