Patriotic Indian Cinema
As Independence Day approaches, it becomes important for us to take a look at all the depiction of the freedom struggle in Indian cinema so far. These movies have been inspirational and have made people really proud to be Indians. Here is our pick when it comes to the best cinemas dealing with freedom struggle and independence in India:
1.Gandhi: This is not really an Indian movie, but it does deal with something that forms the essence of the Indian identity- Mahatma Gandhi. This is an epic biography of the Father of the Nation, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, with Ben Kingsley donning the role of Gandhi.
2.Legend of Bhagat Singh: Legend of Bhagat Singh is a movie starring Ajay Devgn, where he plays the role of one of the most popular freedom fighters in the country. The story, especially “Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna” makes the hair stand on one’s neck. An inspiring tale told in a wonderful way.
3.Rang De Basanti: This movie looks at the freedom struggle, led by Bhagat Singh in a different way. Aamir Khan and his friends play characters that are modern day characterizations of the freedom fighters of that time- including Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh. In fact, this movie is a wonderful depiction of the things that we still need to get our freedom from- more than 60 years after becoming free from the British.
4.Sardar: This is an epic movie depicting the life and the struggle of the man commonly referred to as the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Paresh Rawal plays the role of Sardar Patel in this movie, directed by Ketan Mehta. It still remains one of the most impressive commentaries on the freedom struggle and the aftermath of independence in India.
5.Kranti: Kranti is a movie that is based in 19th century India, under the British Rule. It spans a 50 year period- between 1825- 1875. The movie tells the story of two men who wage the war against the oppressive British rule- Bharat and Sanga, played by Manoj Kumar and Dilip Kumar6.Karma: Karma is the story of a jailer and the brutal twist of fate that leaves his family dead. It deals with the jailer turning into a Dada, who has sworn to get revenge against those who killed his family. The movie deals with a lot of subtle concepts of independence and freedom. It stars Dilip Kumar, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah etc.
7.Mangal Pandey: The Rising: Another movie directed by Ketan Mehta, the movie talks about the story of Mangal Pandey, the man who sparked the rising or the Sepoy Mutinee of 1857, the mutinee that went on to be called the First War of Independence. Aamir Khan plays the role of Mangal Pandey in the movie.
8.Lagaan: This is a movie that went on to be India’s nomination for the Oscar’s that year. The movie is about a rag- tag cricket team made of Indian villagers, who go against the British team in a match of cricket- the match that would determine the existence of British authority over that village. This movie stars Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh.
9.Border: This is probably one of the
most famous films made in Bollywood. It deals with the Indo- Pakistan war of
1971. It is based on a real life story of a small Punjabi regiment that
defended their station against a whole tank regiment sent by the Pakistani
Army. This was a critically acclaimed movie starring Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty,
Akshaye Khanna, Tabu etc.
The Legend Of Bhagat Singh
Rang De Basanti