It was after a hard fought battle that 69 years before India accomplished its well-deserved independence from the British. Since then many laws have been created while more than that have been broken. A series of epic changes have come into existence while more and more are waiting to be put into action.
The definition or more precisely the feeling of patriotism has changed from being a part of a free India to achieving freedom in its real sense. Bollywood has been eminently linked with patriotism and promoting it through movies. In this context, here are some movies that evoke your patriotic feelings and make you proud of being an Indian.
1. Purab aur Paschim
This 1970 blockbuster featured Manoj Kumar and the beautiful Saira Banu. Through this movie, Manoj Kumar’s character showed the various sides of Indian customs and traditions, its diversity and essence. It was so influential and heart-touching that Banu who played an Indian girl, but born and brought up abroad also fell in love with her roots.
This movie will make you connect to every aspect of India and make your Indian heart all mushy over its cultures. The 2007 Katrina Kaif- Akshay Kumar starrer hit “Namastey London” is inspired from this movie.
This 1982 biographical movie which was written, directed and starred by foreign individuals. John Briley wrote the screenplay, while Richard Attenborough directed and produced and Ben Kingsley played the part of Gandhi.
The movie portrayed Mahatmi Gandhi who was a national hero not just in India, but outside as well with his principles against violence and promotion of peace. The movie’s beautiful presentation of Gandhi’s life bagged it many Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
This movie had stayed engraved in every Indian’s heart since it hit the screens in 1997. Depicting the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and the Bangladesh Liberation war, the movie showed how soldiers put their country before their families and most importantly lives.
The movie that occupied the ninth position in the highest grossing Hindi films’ of 90s decade, starred many famous Bollywood faces like Sunil Shetty, Sunny Deol, Akshay Khanna, together.
4. The Legend of Bhagat Singh
This 2002 historical movie showed the life of one of India’s most famous freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh who was hanged by the British for being convicted in the Saunders’ murders.
Featuring Ajay Devgan who played the role of Bhagat Singh and directed by Rakjumar Santoshi, the movie through its present to flashback and again present approach created a beautiful sequential plot. It put forward how the British tortured Indians for several years and how numbers of lives were lost in an attempt to gain independence and the India we’re leaving in now.
The movie bagged two National Awards and three Filmfare Awards.
This 2001 epic movie, set on the Land Tax issue between the British and Indians is a tinge different from the other movies. It circles around a life-saving cricket match that gives eventually provides India independence from the British.
Written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan, the movie grasps the pure essence of India, our lifestyles, customs and innocence. Starring two British stars namely Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne, the movie was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language category and was listed by TIME magazine in all-time list of “25 Best Sports Movies”.
6. Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey was an Indian Sepoy (soldier) and played a significant role in the 1857 rebellion by the Indians also known as the “First War of Independence” or “The Sepoy Mutiny”. The 2005 biographical movie depicted his story with Aamir Khan playing the role of him. Written by Farrukh Dhondy and directed by Ketan Mehta, the movie also starred Rani Mukherjee and Amisha Patel.
It showed the courageous and patriotic personality that Mangal Pandey bored and the struggles he had go through for the sake of achieving India’s independence. Although the movie wasn’t that big a hit, it will certainly evoke your patriotic feelings watching it from its descriptive reflection of Pandey’s life.
7. Rang De Basanti
This 2006 film embraces youth in every way. Co-written, directed and produced by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, the movie features Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan among others. It revolves around corruption that currently haunts India and how government deals with it. This aspect is shown when Madhavan who plays a pilot in the movie sacrifices his life to save hundreds of passengers in a MiG-21 crash, but government rules out the possibility. And a huge protest unfolds resulting in death and bloodshed.
This movie will make your rebellion heart demand for answers for several other areas of Indian society that is haunted by corruption to this day and want to call for change. It was this feeling that it was nominated as the “Best Foreign Language Film” in the 2006 BAFTA Awards.
This 1981 film was written by Javed Akhtar and directed and produced by Manoj Kumar. Featuring Manoj Kumar, the cast contained many other famous stars of Bollywood like Shashi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini and Parveen Babi among others. It shows the story of the fight of a group rebellion for independence from the British Raj.
Set in the 19th century India, the movie portrays the murder and bloodshed Indians had to face in order to end the British rule. It is sure to make your patriotic heart cry, feel annoyed and happy – all at the same time.
This 2004 King-Khan starrer movie is patriotic in every sense of the word. Revolving around the story of Mohan Bhargava, played by Shah Rukh Khan who is a NRI in U.S and comes back to India to rekindle his lost relationship with his granny, he ends up rediscovering his ancient roots instead.
Widely termed as one of the best movies of the decade, and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Swades also saw King Khan give one of best performances on screen. It also saw the debut of Gayatri Joshi as a Bollywood actress.
This movie proves the known fact that you can take an Indian out of India, but you can never take India out of an Indian.
10. Chakh De India
Like Lagaan, this 2007 movie is also a sports movie, but involving Women’s Hockey. Written by Jaideep Sahni, directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra, this movie not only gives you the patriotic feeling at its best, but also raises the issue of female status in India. It contains that kind of a story that makes every Indian let alone Indian woman think how they see the world.
Revolving around the story of Kabir Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan who is alleged by the whole nation of betting on the final match between Pakistan and India to the former because of being a Muslim, reflects how he comes back to prove everyone right in the form of making the Indian women win the Women’s Hockey World Cup.
Covering every personality of women and every aspect of Indian society, the movie was the third-highest grossing picture in 2007 as well as received a National Award.