Celebrate India with these five patriotic films

To celebrate India’s 77th Independence Day, here are some of the best movies that audiences can watch which celebrate the patriotic passion of the whole nation and dive into history of both pre-Independent and post-Independent India:

‘Gadar 2: The Katha Continues’

Released this month, the patriotic film is a sequel to the 2001 Bollywood classic, ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’, directed by Anil Sharma starring Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, Amrish Puri and Lilette Dubey. During the backdrop of “Crush India” campaign in 1971, Tara Singh (Deol) goes missing during a skirmish on the border and is believed to be imprisoned in Pakistan. Learning this, Tara’s son goes to save him, but gets imprisoned and is tortured by the Pakistan soldiers


The 2022 S S Rajamouli directed Telugu historical fiction epic drama starring Ram Charan, NTR Junior, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Alia Bhatt, Samuthirakini, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody and Olivia Morris gained universal acclaim. The movie tells a fictional tale of two real life Indian freedom fighters, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem.


Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, ‘Lagaan’ is a period drama set during British colonial rule in the sub-continent. The film revolves around a group of villagers who challenge their British rulers to a game of cricket. If the villagers win, the colonizers promise to waive off the oppressive taxes. The film has attained a cult status over the years and is worthy of a watch or rewatch.


In 2021, director Vishnuvardhan helmed ‘Shershaah’, a film that delves into the extraordinary life of Captain Vikram Batra. This narrative pays tribute to the courageous Indian soldier who posthumously received the Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest military honor. The film recounts his pivotal role in the Kargil War of 1999.


The film tells the story of the Indian Prisoners Of War (POW) from the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. It is a well-documented fact that the Pakistan surrender during the ’71 war was the biggest post World War 2 surrender with over 93,000 Pakistani POWs taken captive by the Indian Army, but over 58 Indian POWs were also taken by the Pakistani Army. While India returned the Pakistani POWs in 1973, Pakistan never returned the Indian soldiers who were last confirmed alive in 1988.

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