Seeing the celebration of our Independence Day not only fills us with pride for our country but also prompts us to reflect. This has been reflected on several occasions in Indian Cinema.
As Independence Day approaches, we’ve compiled a list of some Epic Bollywood films for you to enjoy on this patriotic occasion. These films depict India’s struggle for Independence, wars with other countries, valiant Indian Forces, and Indian Life.
Films to watch on this Independence Day that is patriotic:
. Uri: The Surgical Strike-
“Uri: The Surgical Strike”, directed by Aditya Dhir, is based on the 2016 Surgical attacks. The plot illuminates the numerous terrorist attacks that occurred on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LOC), prompting the government to plan the surgical strikes.
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Kirti Kulhari, Akashdeep Arora, and others.
Raazi. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, it was praised for dealing with patriotism and the concept of nationalism with the sensitivity that is lacking in Today’s discourse. The film, based on the book “Calling Sehmat”, about a RAW agent who marries a Pakistani military family to relay information, became one of the year’s highest-grossing films.
The film was praised for portraying patriotism with sensitivity, without unnecessary chest-thumping, and without demonizing Pakistanis. Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Amruta Khanvilkar, Soni Razdan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Ahwath Bhatt and others.
. LOC Kargil-
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JP Dutta brought the epic Kargil War fought by the Indian Army in 1999 to life. It has the distinction of having the most stars in an ensemble cast. It was the most significant war drama of that generation, starring Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and many others.
Despite its poor box-office performance, the film remains dear to the hearts of millions of Indians who lived through the 1999 Kargil Indo-Pak war. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Rani Mukherji, and others.
A film about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of the Indian Independence Movement who used nonviolent methods to overthrow the British Role. The film, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, and Candice Bergen, explains how Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy eventually drove the British out of the subcontinent.
The coming of age story of a young aimless boy set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War was Farhan Akhtar’s second directorial venture. The film, which also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta, grossed Rs. 11 crores at the box office. Because the film was shot at such high altitudes, the actors and crew members passed out at times.
In one of the interviews, the team also stated that if there were multiple takes for a shot that required light running, the cast and crew had to rely on oxygen cylinders. The fight scenes in the film were shot at night when temperatures dropped to sub-zero levels.
The Crew could not use their cellphones while filming in Leh. Following the completion of the shoot, everyone would use landline phones to contact their respective families and loved ones. Real-life soldiers from the 13th Battalion, The Punjab Regiment played the vast majority of the non-speaking army roles in the film.
The unit portrayed in the film is the 3rd Battalion, The Punjab Regiment. Despite having a significant role in the film, Amitabh Bachchan has only about 20 minutes of total screen time.
. Rang De Basanti-
Rang De Basanti is a contemporary Indian story in which six young people assist a foreign filmmaker in directing a film about India’s struggle for independence. This film, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, is a must-see.
Some other movies to watch-
. 16 December
. The Legend of Bhagat Singh
. Article 15
. Batla House and many more