From Sam Bahadur to Rang De Basanti, check out the patriotic movies that you can add to your watchlist on Republic Day 2024.
This Republic Day is a little different and special from other years because we will be celebrating the 75th Republic Day in 2014. Hindi films have produced many patriotic films that will move you to tears with their depictions of the events leading to our nation’s independence.
Countdown to Republic Day 2024: A selection of some of the most beloved Bollywood films that brought back our love and pride for our country.
Rang De Basanti
Everyone knows how perfect Aamir Khan is in his work and why he is called the Mr. Perfectionist of Indian Cinema. And, when he became part of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial Rang De Basanti, it was considered one of his best works when he became part of it. The film is based on disturbing societal issues that seem to be an inseparable part of India.
The alternatives that could aid India in escaping them are the central theme of the narrative. In 2006, the movie was released on Republic Day itself. It took inspiration from the remarkable achievements of revolutionary liberation fighters such as Bhagat Singh and their refusal to conform to the status quo. In addition to showcasing patriotism, the movie also takes viewers on a journey of self-discovery and social awareness.
Airlift is a film without which this watchlist is incomplete. There was a time when Akshay Kumar was known for patriotic films. And Airlift is one of them. An actor who looks in 3–4 films every year was once going through a phase where he was only starring in films that were extremely patriotic which gave him a doorway to express his love for his nation.
If you don’t know, then let us tell you that Airlift was inspired by the true events that were set up against the backdrop of Kuwait, where it depicted the incident of Iraq invading Kuwait. That resulted in thousands of Indians getting stuck in the war zone. In the character, Akshay portrayed the messiah who made it safe for hundreds of Indians to come home.
Sardar Udham and Sam Bahadur
Sardar Udham is a film that has a slow screenplay and a non-linear style of filmmaking, but the way it brought it to the audience was incredible and authentic. The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, a slow burn that lasts an hour in the movie, comes as a surprise.
It shocks, horrifies, and ultimately enables an observer to absorb the concepts sufficiently to have a greater understanding of the mentality of someone who has witnessed the horrific massacre’s aftermath. In its eerie quiet, Sardar Udham delves into the excruciating blackness of a mind-numbing disaster that affects not just a young man but an entire country.
On the other side, Sam Bahadur was the recent release of Vicky Kaushal, which was the biopic of India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Maneksaw, directed by Meghna Gulzar. Despite the flattened screenplay, Vicky Kaushal was the highlight of the movie, and he acted effortlessly as Sam Bahadur.
Main Atal Hoon
There are very few biopics in Indian cinema that do justice to the personalities. Main Atal Hoon is one of them. There is no other thought as to why Pankaj Tripathi is called one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. Main Atal Hoon is the biopic of India’s 10th Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Bajpayee.
In the movie, you can see the life and political career of this most beloved political leader. Unfortunately, the film didn’t do well at the box office, but this Republic Day, sit for the film and witnessed achievements like the Pokhran Nuclear Test and the Kargil War he had during his political tenure.
We know Neerja is not about any political leader or any issues related to the country, but it should be watched on big days like Republic Day. Neerja is the story of a flight attendant who was courageous and victorious and saved 359 of the 379 passengers and crew during a hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986.
This film was so heartbreaking that it still makes you emotional. Sonam Kapoor also did a good job in her role and won Special Mention at the 64th National Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
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