Celebrate the 71st Independence Day of India with some exemplary films that will tinkle the patriot inside you.
Swades: We The People
Released in 2004, this Shahrukh Khan starrer portrayed the sense of patriotism in a very off beat fashion. A young Indian scientist working in NASA is urged by his feelings and emotions to be drawn back to his homeland after a brief stay. I would rank this as not only one of the top movies in this list but also, Ashutosh Gowariker’s master class.
Rang De Basanti: The Young Guns
Stylish hip hop music, powerful acting performances, a heart wrenching story involving the effect of Indian politics on the youth of the country and incredible direction from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is what Rang De Basanti is all about. A trend setter of its time, this film runs in parallel to the Indian Independence Movement along with the atrocities the youth face in todays world. Lead by Aamir Khan and supported by class performances by Anupam Kher, Madhvan and Sharman Joshi and AR Rahman’s stunning music, Rang De Basanti is a must watch this 15th August.
Chak De India: The Patriotism In Sports
Bollywood has explored the common genre of a mix between sports and patriotism with films like Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Chak De India. All of these films are equally powerful and enlighten the sense of patriotism, but for me Chak De India takes the cake. Directorial master class by Kabir khan and a classic Shahrukh Khan in his conquest to win his lost glory by coaching the Indian Women’s team to a World Cup win the film moved both, the crowd and the box office.
Airlift: Your Country Never Forgets You
Airlift in my opinion, is one of the best roles Akshay Kumar has ever played in his career. Based on a true string of events, Arlift is the story of how a man, who has forgotten he is an Indian is left stranded in Kuwait with thousands of fellow Indians during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Airlift teaches us the true value of nationalism and respect for your country and that is the reason Airlift is a major name in this list.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh: Dating Back to the Independence Movement
Released in 2002, The Legend of Bhagat Singh is one of Bollywood’s finest films made on the Indian Independence Movement. Starring Ajay Devgan and Sushant Singh in the lead roles the film showcases the times of the 1930’s and the circumstances in India under the British rule in those days. A much appreciated film with facts and figures in place, the film is one of the classics that you should give a try.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Subhas Chandra Bose to many may be known as the vigilante who went against the methods of Gandhi, but actually the man played a major role in the Indian Independence Movement and went on to take the entire North East part of India from the British. Directed by Shyam Benegal and casting Sachin Khedekar as Subhas Chandra Bose, the movie did not trouble the box office much but is one of the better films that recite the story of the last phases of Indian Independence and the impact the second World War had on it.
Border: The 1971 Laungewala War
Bollywood does not either boast of a lot of war classics or a lot of directors who specialize in this genre, but director J.P. Dutta and his baby, Border deserve an honorable mention in this Independence day category. Throwing light on the famous 1971 war on the Laungewala post between India and Pakistan, the film is till date considered one of the best war classics in Border. From the prewar circumstances to the post war emotions and tears, the movie is an example as to how war classics should be made.
LOC Kargil: The Great War of 2003 Kargil
2003 was indeed a proud moment for all Indians, but simultaneously it was the year when the Indian army lost a lot of its best soldiers in the battle of Kargil. JP Dutta’s adaptation of this Great War saw over 20 capped actors making appearances in the film. The film made sure contributions of every soldier from Manoj Pandey and Vikram Batra to Anuj Nayyar and Yogender Singh Yadav were credited and thoroughly covered. The movie without doubt long with Border is a war time classic in Bollywood.
Mangal Pandey – The Rising: The Mutiny of 1857
The story of Mangal Pandey, another Indian revolutionary, played by Aamir Khan was brought to life in this film. Dating back to the revolt of 1857 the film in its 3 hours journey tells us about the circumstances that lead to the great mutiny. Not only a box office hit but also a pre Independence classic, Mangal Pandey is considered to be Aamir Khan’s best roles and has earned a major mention in this list.
Lagaan: When Cricket Was Used to Fight off The British
The team of Ashutosh Gowariker, Aamir Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Aditya Lakhia, Gracy Singh, Pradeep Rawat, Rajesh Vivek and a handful of talented actors gave Bollywood one of its first mega hits and a nomination at the Oscars. A movie which used the game of cricket to spin off the British Raaj from a small village in India, Lagaan was both, brilliantly written and well directed. Lagaan will always be one of the major members in the league of Independence Day films.
Hope you enjoyed our collection. Feel free to tell us if you think any other film could have been a part of this lot.