Patriotism which appears to have been left behind in our struggles of day-to-day life seems to come alive only few times, during an Indo-Pak cricket match or special occasions like Independence Day or Republic Day. Yes, our patriotism which sleeps more often than not gets an ego boost when we watch the movies during these days. Incidentally, our celebration spirit is often portrayed by watching cliched movies like Border. However, here we are presenting you with a list of Independence Day movies that you can watch.
When movies combine this emotions and present to us on the silver screen, they become epics. Based on distinctive aspects of freedom here are some Independence Day movies for you.
1. Param Vir Chakra (1995)
‘Param Vir Chakra’ is a Bollywood war film which released in the year 1995. It was directed and written by Ashok Kaul. Saeed Jaffrey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Hema Malini were some of the actors who starred in it. It may not have been able to set the cash registers ringing yet it is one of the well made Bollywood movies on war.
2. Lalkaar (1972)
‘Lalkaar’ was released in the year 1972 and was directed by Ramanand Sagar. It is a tale of two brothers – one in the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) and the other in the Royal Indian Army – and how they fight Japanese invaders in Burma during World War II. The film stared Dharmendra, Mala Sinha and Rajendra Kumar among others.
3. Tango Charlie (2005)
‘Tango Charlie’ was released in the year 2005 and was directed by Mani Shankar. The movie was an attempt to portray war and the grief caused by it. Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan and Bobby Deol starred in this installment of war saga by Bollywood but it encompasses several internal conflicts with the Bodos and Naxalites before moving on to the Kargil War.
4. Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)
‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ was released in the year 1973 and it was directed by Chetan Anand. Needless to say, following so close on the footsteps of the 1971 Indo-Pak war; this movie too was based on it; particularly on Operation Cactus Lilly. The movie has an all-star cast which includes Raj Kumar, Priya Rajvanshi, Vijay Anand, Balraj Sahni, Amrish Puri and Amjad Khan. This movie mostly concentrates on the role of the Indian Air Force in the war in the western theater.
5. Aakraman (1975)
The movie was released in the year 1975 and it starred Bollywood actors like Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Farida Jalal, Sujit Kumar, Asrani, Keshto Mukherjee, Mumtaz Shanti and Rajesh Khanna. It was directed by J. Om Prakash. On the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, it focuses on the chivalry and valor of the Indian soldiers who fought in the war.
6. LOC Kargil (2003)
Another film based on war directed by J.P. Dutta, ‘LOC Kargil’, released in the year 2003. It had a large ensemble cast of Bollywood actors and it was based on 1999 Kargil conflict. The movie was an attempt to showcase the battles fought by several soldiers who lost their lives during Operation Vijay in the year 1999. Capt. Vikram Batra, Anuj Nayyar, Manoj Kumar Pandey and Sanjay Kumar were some of our gallant soldiers portrayed in this movie.
7. Lakshya (2004)
‘Lakshya’ was released in the year 2004. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sharad Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri and Boman Irani, the film was directed by Farhan Akhtar. The plot is set on the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil Conflict. It is a coming of age story of an irresponsible boy who turns into a responsible Lieutenant. The movie draws in all the emotions that perhaps are a reality for field officers. All in all one of the greatest Bollywood movies to watch!
8. 1971 (2007)
Directed by Amit Sagar ‘1971’ is a movie based on the true story of prisoners of war after the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Released in the year 2007, this went on to the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The ensemble cast of Manoj Bajpai, Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal among others played a great role in the success of this film. It depicts the escape of six soldiers of the Indian Army from the clutches of Pakistan after being taken as prisoners of war. This is one of such Independence Day movies that you will certainly enjoy.
9. Haqeeqat (1964)
‘Haqeeqat’ was released in the year 1964 and was directed by Chetan Anand and also supported by Government of India. Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Sanjay Khan and Vijay Anand were some of the actors who starred in this classic. The movie was based on the 1962 Sino-Indian War and also went on to win the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film in the year 1965. It remains the best of the Independence Day movies on war till date and has one of the finest soundtracks in Bollywood’s history.
10. Gandhi (1982)
Gandhi was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. It stars Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen. Gandhi is the eighth-highest Oscar-winning film of all time – claiming eight awards from 11 nominations, including best film. Though not a Bollywood movie, it easily makes it to the list of Independence Day movies for the emotions it evokes.
11. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Rang De Basanti is a drama film written, produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and co-written by Rensil D’Silva and Aamir Khan. It features an ensemble cast comprising Siddharth Narayan, Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, and British actress Alice Patten in the lead roles. The story is about a British documentary filmmaker who is determined to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former officer of the Indian Imperial Police.
Which one from these Independence Day movies would you like to watch today?