On 15 August, we celebrate our Independence Day to commemorate our status of a free, independent state. On the eve of 73rd Independence Day, we bring to you a list of films that evoked feelings of patriotism inside us and made our heart soar with love for our motherland-
Who amongst hasn't felt lost at sea? Karan Shergil (Hritik Roshan) is just like us until he finds his true calling; returning to his training for the Indian Army. Hritik Roshan shows tremendous duality as Karan Shergill, anchored by a commendable direction from Farhan Akhtar.
Chak De! India
To its credit, it brought back much-needed regard for the sport. Sharukh Khan played a disgraced hockey player Kabir Khan who gets a shot at redemption. Now a coach, he has to lead the Indian Women's Hockey team to glory. The 'Yeh 70 Minute Tumse Koi Nahi Cheen Sakta' speech (No one can take these 70 minutes away from you) and the title song has now become our sporting emblems.
Rang De Basanti
After being cast as freedom fighters, there is a shift of perception among the group of friends played by Amir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, and Atul Kulkarni. Rang De Basanti received tremendous praise for its story, performances, and its musical score by A.R.Rehman.
This Oscar hopeful by Ashutosh Gowarikar narrated the saga of British rule and how its extremity uprooted the villages. Amir Khan challenges the British to a cricket match, single-handedly betting the entire future of his village.
Sharukh Khan as NASA engineer Mohan Bhargava in the pursue of his nanny Kaveri Amma finds a purpose bigger than himself, and love. Swadesh, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar is a callback to Indians living abroad, and how they wrestle with a dual national identity.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Set against the backdrop of partition, this movie stars Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel as lovers Tara and Sakeena who seek to reunite in what is now an entirely different landscape. Hailing from different sides, their love is not made easy by the religiously orthodox.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Rajkumar Santoshi directed Ajay Devgn in the role of an intense, but inherently patriotic National hero Bhagat Singh. The patriotic echo of Bhagat Singh's voice booms larger than ever even today.
Uri: The Surgical Strike
Aditya Dhar wrote and directed Uri; The Surgical Strike, which is the most recent addition to the list. This was based on the retaliatory strikes in response to the Uri attack. This was incredibly moving, making 'How's the Josh ?' all the rage!
Another J.P Dutta entry to the list, this one showed another real-life armed conflict. The story deals with Indian troops responding to the crossing of Line of Control by the Pakistani Army.
J.P Dutta brought to us the trials and tribulations of an understaffed battalion of soldiers, and they defend themselves from the enemy lines. This was based on the real-life battle of Longewella from the Indo-Pak war, and plays on T.V even today.