There are plenty of patriotic movies made in Bollywood that can leave you teary-eyed with their stories that lead to the freedom of our country. As we gear up to acknowledge Republic Day 2021, here is a list of some of the most loved Bollywood films that reignited the spirit and love for our nation within us.
This film is inspired by the true events that unfolded during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. The Battle of Longewala is extensively depicted throughout the film. The film consists of a star cast of Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, and Akshay Khanna who gave one of their best career performances ever in the film.
This list is incomplete without Akshay Kumar’s list of patriotic films listed under it. The star who is known to make 3-4 films a year was once going through a phase where he was only starring in films that were extremely patriotic and gave him a doorway to express his love for his nation. The storyline of Airlift was inspired by true events. It was 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 warzone. Akshay played the role of the messiah who helped hundreds of Indians return to their nation safely.
The storyline is extremely heart wrenching where Aamir Khan playing the role of an innocent farmer strives to free his village and its people from the heavy British tax they have had to succumb to. Bhuvan who is the protagonist aims to bring justice to his family and farmers through the game of cricket and defeating the British. The film was buoyed by riveting performances by the whole ensemble cast. The film was sent as India’s official entry to the Oscars.
One of Shah Rukh Khan’s best performances of all time. Swades was a beautiful story of an aspiring scientist who did a respectable job at NASA. As he comes to visit his Kaveri Amma in his village hometown, he is saddened by thinking how much he could do to improve the conditions there. He decides to relocate to India and dedicates his life to developing his childhood hometown. This Bollywood movie was the first of its kind to be shot at the headquarters of NASA.
Hrithik Roshan has had quite a career graph over the years. Lakshya saw him in a different avatar than his usual roles..The story revolves around a man who is uninterested in everything in life. However in a zest to prove his worth in front of his girlfriend he joins the army and soon the storyline is more about the LOC war and how Hritikh’s character turns into a stoic responsible man who learns about discipline in the Indian Army and begins to see life in a whole different way.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Aamir Khan is known to be a perfectionist and this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial was one of the best that he has been a part of. This film is based on disturbing societal issues that seem to be an inseparable part of India. The storyline revolves around the solutions that could help India to get out of them. The film was released on Republic Day itself back in the year 2006. It drew relevance from the outstanding contributions by revolutionary freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and how they defied that which is uncommon.
Chak De India (2007)
The mettle of Shah Rukh Khan as an actor par excellence is proved by the variations he has in his career graph. Chak De India was one of the biggest blockbusters of his career that won him a lot of accolades. This movie saw Shah Rukh play the role of a world-class hockey player who gets into being called dishonest after he is presumed to be a part of match-fixing. His endeavours to lead an Indian Women’s hockey team to victory to gain back his respect makes this film a thrilling watch.
Not only did this Meghna Gulzar directorial added another feather of success to Ali Bhatt’s film career, but it brought Vicky Kaushal on the map too. Adapted from Harinder Singh Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, this film was about a young Kashmiri girl Sehmat Khan, played by Alia who marries Iqbal Syed, a Pakistani army officer played by Vicky Kaushal, and moves to Pakistan as an Indian spy. Sehmat’s grit and resilience to help her country by finding out important information from Pakistan makes this movie a brilliant watch.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
Vicky Kaushal has proved his worth time and again with his impeccable choice of movies. The historical surgical strike that unfolded in India after the Pulwama attack was effortlessly depicted on the big screen. The movie had other notable actors like Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, and Mohit Raina besides Vicky Kaushal who were equally crucial for the storyline and had a part to play in making the film a huge success. It is a film that every Indian is always proud to watch as it stirs a whirlwind of nationalistic emotions in them.
Another movie with a star cast that was led by Akshay Kumar in the forefront. The story revolves around the storyline of a group of scientists who work tirelessly at the ISRO to launch the Mars Orbiter Mission. The movie was directed beautifully and the cast had big names like Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshay Kumar to name a few. The film was critically acclaimed and appreciated by the audiences as well.