15th August each year is a special day for all Indians. It is a day for much celebration all over the country. Celebrations though need not always be outdoors. For many, it is cosying up in front of one’s TV set. And why not, as this is the day that all patriotic films are beamed into our homes. Some of those films have become fixtures of this day. Let us revisit them before actually viewing them on Zee TV, Sony or Colours come the 15th.
It had to be Border to start off with. Who after all can forget Sunny Deol’s soul-stirring zindagi ka doosra naam hai- problem speech? The movie depicts the happenings around the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 war against Pakistan on the western front.
Gadar- Ek Prem Katha
This Partition drama can keep get repeated but one never gets bored. And it is Sunny Deol again taking on the might of our neighbour’s army all alone for his true love that gets us excited. Amrish Puri is the quintessential villain here.
This one too has long been a staple. It took a British Director to make the best rendering of the life of the Father of the Nation. Ben Kingsley was of Indian origin from his father’s side, and plays the lead role to perfection.
LOC Kargil is 2003 Indian war drama film based on the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan, produced and directed by J. P. Dutta under his J.P. Films Banner. Featuring a large number of Bollywood stars. With a running time of 255 minutes, it is one of the longest Indian films ever made and fifth in terms of running time. The film is based on the 1999, Operation Vijay and Battle of Tololing around the Line of control.
Chak de! India
Chak de! India is a film very different in tone or spirit to those mentioned above. Instead of a border war or the freedom movement, it is about a hockey team. But more than a hockey team, this one coached by the character played by Shah Rukh Khan, has become a role model for female empowerment. The girls’ hockey team went on to win hearts all over the country.
Aamir Khan will forever be associated with the Oscar awards thanks to Lagaan making it to the final 5 shortlist in the foreign language category. It was released same year as Gadar, but the two are like chalk-and-cheese. While the latter is about rhetoric, the former is more-subtle and less partisan.
Rang de Basanti
This is the story of typical early 20s folks immersed in their own world without a care. It also changes when circumstances conspire that way. The soundtrack is amazing to go with the movie.
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
At the time of production, this was the most expensive Bollywood film ever. Sunny Deol changes his look multiple times essaying the role of a super-spy. And who else to foray the role of the villain but Amrish Puri!
To end this on a lighter note is another Amrish Puri-starrer but this time with the eldest Deol – Dharmendra. Puri plays the role of an Oriental dictator buy the name of Dong, ruling over fictitious neighbouring Dongrila. His famous dialogue in the film oft repeated Upar-wala wrong ho sakta hai, lekink Dong kabhi wrong nahin hota.
Enjoy the movie time!