MUMBAI: For 66 years since our independence, Bollywood films have constantly dealt on themes on national fervor. Whether it was ‘Mother India’ or the recently released ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, each of these films and many more have infused varied emotions of patriotism. Some rebellious, some awakening and some mere a reflection of changing India over the years.
Here are the Top 12 movies over the years, which have lived up to the true spirit of patriotism and kept audiences immersed in national spirit.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s riveting tribute to the flying Sikh, Milkha Singh and perfectly played by Farhan Akhtar. If inspiration is what one needs to get, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is the perfect film to watch this independence day.
‘Chak De! India’: Shah Rukh Khan coaching a girl’s hockey team initially had a very low response from audiences. But Shah Rukh Khan with his restrained yet impactful performance as the coach completely underplayed, quite like the film and instilled a subtle sense of patriotism.
‘Rang De Basanti’: An awakening, which set the youth of the country into frenzy. A film that became a movement. And can we forget Aamir Khan’s rebellious side?
‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’: What happens when a dreaded don a.k.a Munna (Sanjay Dutt) meets Mahatma Gandhi? A satirical take on two generations coming together: the past and present. Quite like the modern confusion in India!
‘Lakshya’: Hrithik Roshan comes out of age in the story set against the backdrop of the Kargil war. A transformation from the cool dude to the tough soldier. The perfect film to watch, if one has plans to join the armed forces! Inspiring, Motivational just like conquering the peak at Kargil.
‘Swades’: A film that touches heart and souls. A film that forms a part of the DVD collection of the Indian diaspora. Need we say more.
‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’: Ajay Devgn made even History lessons seem easy with this film. A powerful narrative, and power-packed performances from the leads.
‘Lagaan’: Only If all matches were played with the same spirit as Aamir Khan played. Igniting the true spirit of patriotism and sportsmanship.
‘Border’: An insight into the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Just as heated and engaging as an India-Pakistan cricket on television. The first war film for the modern generation.
‘Shaheed’: It’s not for anything that Manoj Kumar is called as ‘Bharat Kumar’. The first film on Bhagat Singh and loaded with high nationalist values.
‘Haqeeqat’: ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida..Jaano Tan Saathiyon…Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon.’ A tribute to the war-heroes.
‘Mother India’: The first of the many films that invoked the real sense of national fervor. An ode to women power. Nargis Dutt with her class act epitomizes the true spirit of women. A film that embarked the strong cultural and mindset change.
Over the years, films like these and more have infused and will continue to bring in those raw emotions, bring out the rebel and bring out the real India. Have we forgotten our patriotic values? Well, the fact is Patriotism never dies, it continues to sink in…
Here’s wishing all a Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind.