Two years after Wellington crushes Napoleon
at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja,
Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there.
Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate what turns out to
be his most dangerous mission to date.
last scout sent - whom we discover is Sharpe’s best
friend, Sgt Harper - has gone missing. His latest report
suggests that the real power behind the Maharaja is one
Colonel Dodd (a malcontent East India Company officer ‘turned
rogue’) and that the Maharaja has gathered into his
impregnable fort a contingent of refugees from Napoleon’s
army - adventurers looking to make their fortunes in India.
It’s the French that trouble Wellington the most:
their experience, tactics and discipline could help fashion
the Indians into something more than ‘just a perennial
usual, Wellington has not painted the full picture. For
once in India, Sharpe discovers the situation is already
far graver than he was led to believe; and things only get
worse when the daughter of General Burroughs, the commander
of His Britannic Majesty’s forces in the region, is
kidnapped and held in the Maharajah’s fort by his
villainous henchman, Colonel Dodd (Toby Stephens) and the
scheming yet beautiful Madhuvanthi (Padma Lakshmi). The
British were planning to storm the Maharajah’s fort
by blowing up one of the outer walls—but the Maharajah
now vows to execute the General’s daughter if any
such attack is carried out. Worse still, it turns out that
General Burroughs has gone down with a fever and that Sharpe’s
gutless nemesis, General Simmerson, is now in overall charge
of the army.
now reunited with Harper (Daragh O’Malley), devises
a plan. The two friends will disguise themselves as deserters
and become part of the Maharajah’s motley crew. Once
inside the fort they will rescue the General’s daughter
and get word to him of her safety - together with details
of which side of the fort they should attack. General Simmerson
reluctantly agrees. However once inside the fort things
don’t quite go as Sharpe has planned...
in scale, this Sharpe was filmed on location in the sumptuous
fort and palace locations of Jaipur/Jodphur in Rajasthan
India. The locations are replete with all that exotic India
has to offer plus stunning, nail-biting fight sequences
featuring thousands of extras.