Independent India is going to turn 72nd this year. As we draw close to the special occasion, SpotboyE.com takes a look at 8 Bollywood films that celebrate the spirit of freedom and patriotism. Have a look:
A film based on the same Chittagong uprising, but shown in a far more brilliant way. The limited-release film, directed by Bedabrata Sen, had Manoj Bajpayee playing the lead character (Surya Sen) along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Nirmal Sen. The superb direction won the film a National award.
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)
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This Ashutosh Gowariker film was based on the life of Surya Sen and his comrades during the 1930 Chittagong uprising. The film is based on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee. Though it didn't do that well at the box office, the story line was heavily applauded by critics.
Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
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Aamir Khan brought to life the unknown story of Mangal Pandey, the first Indian to stand up against the British Raj’s oppression. The Ketan Mehta film was premiered at Cannes Film Festival where it received enormous appreciation.
Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
Directed by Shyam Benegal, this film was based on the life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It was premiered at the London Film Festival where it earned immense critical applause. Sachin Khedekar’s brilliant portrayal of the title character helped the movie earn two National awards.
LOC Kargil (2003)
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JP Dutta brought to life the epic war of Kargil fought by the Indian army in 1999. It holds the distinction of having the maximum number of stars in an ensemble cast. With stars like Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and many others, it was the biggest war drama of that generation. Despite not doing great at the box-office, the film stays dear to hearts of millions of Indians who have been through the times of the 1999 Kargil Indo-Pak war.
The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)
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While Bhagat Singh's life story has been depicted in numerous films, this Rajkumar Santoshi-directorial is by far the best. From a crisp storyline to brilliant performances by Ajay Devgn and co., this movie takes you back to the pre-Independence era. It won 2 National awards and 3 Filmfare awards.
This JP Dutta movie is based on the Battle Of Longewala, which was fought during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Who can forget the iconic dialogues of Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty and co? Even today, Sunny Deol’s dialogues -- filled with patriotic fervour -- will give you goosebumps. The film won 3 National awards and 4 FIlmfare awards.
This is a biopic of Mahatma Gandhi. Directed by Richard Attenborough, this Sir Ben Kingsley-starrer showed the nitty gritties of our Independence struggle through the eyes of Gandhiji. It won 8 Oscars that year, which itself is a proof of how good the movie was.