Patriotism is an emotion that Bollywood has loved since the beginning of time and a large number of movies have been made of this theme. Many of these movies have become big hits and are likely to be remembered as the most incredible movies in the Hindi cinema. Independence Day seems to be the favorite occasion to watch these legendary patriotic flicks.
Here is a list of top 10 best patriotic Bollywood movies to watch on Independence Day:
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10. Chak De! India
“Chak De India” is a sports based movie woven around the theme of patriotism. It is based on the story of a hockey coach, portrayed by Shahrukh Khan, who takes the Indian women’s hockey team ahead to win the World Cup. He brings back the lost glory of the country.
“Kranti” was an ensemble patriotic movie which hit the theaters in 1981. This one was based on pre independence era, the period around the revolt of 1857, when the Indians had to face great oppression at the hands of the British. Manoj Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Hema Malini were some big names in the star cast of the movie.
Another hit patriotic film by Manoj Kumar is “Upkar” which focused on the theme of patriotism by the soldiers and farmers, both playing key role in the security and progress of the country.
No one can ever forget the heart rending song called “Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaano tan Saathiyo”, which made this movie an unforgettable saga of patriotism. The movie made by Chetan Anand is still regarded as a masterpiece as it narrates the poignant tale of soldiers on duty.
A patriotic story of a young police officer who wants to eradicate terrorism from the country is the classic movie called “Sarfarosh”. This was the first movie to establish Aamir Khan as an action star, a complete U turn from his image as a romantic hero.
5. Purab Aur Paschim
Another acclaimed patriotic Hindi movie is “Purab Aur Paschim”, a 1970 release which focused on the return to Indian values in the lives of the people settled abroad. The film had Manoj Kumar play the male lead while Saira Banu was cast as a young Indian girl born and bred in England. The movie was loved for its patriotic songs too.
The 1997 movie called “Border” is an exemplary film made on the patriotic theme based on the true war between India and Pakistan on Longewala, Rajasthan . Directed by J P Dutta and having an impressive star cast comprising of Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna and Rakhie, the film went on to become one of the biggest hits of its period.
Featuring next on the list of top 10 best patriotic Bollywood movies to watch on Independence Day is the 1965 release “Shaheed”, the biographical movie that throws light on the life of the martyr Bhagat Singh. Manoj Kumar was cast in the titular role. The movie went on to win the National Award that year and was also appreciated for its music and performances.
2. Rang De Basanti
A relatively new concept, the film called “Rang De Basanti” (2006) gave a new meaning to patriotism amongst the younger generation of the country. The film was made by Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra and had an impressive star cast including Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan and R Madhavan. The story as well as performances in the movie is unforgettable.
One of the most appreciated movies on patriotic theme is “Lagaan”, an Ashutosh Gowarikar directorial venture released in 2001, which took India to the Oscars. Aamir Khan played one of the best roles of his career in “Lagaan”. The story is based on an incident during the British Rule, when a small village was able to get its freedom by winning a cricket match against the Englishmen.
All these movies will always be loved as the best in the genre of patriotism.