Top 10 Bollywood Patriotic Movies of all time
After so many years post independence one can ponder for a long time as to which movies will aptly fit the bracket of patriotic films. After much contemplation, one does realise that as time has progressed, the perspective of independence and freedom has also been moulded differently. While the films from the past focus on battles and how India fought the neighbouring invaders, the latter ones quite concentrate on scrutinising the demons held within the country itself. Yes, with a democratic society, our nation has often battled the true meaning of liberation. So while we can never disregard those movies which showed immense destruction, bloodshed, pain, firing and pretty much wars, one has also opened up to absorb issues of freedom for women, freedom from corruption, freedom to live in a fair and just nation. Here’s a look at some movies which we rate as the top 10 in patriotic fervour.
1. Border (1997)
The Battle of Longewala in Rajasthan was a memory defined by the adaption film which displayed the cruelty that is induced at both ends in a war.
India and Pakistan have had an ongoing series of battles and this one shows what really happens in the situation of a war.
The Punjab regiment comprising of mere 120 soldiers live together as a family leaving behind their kith and kin to secure the nation that they owe their lives to. The drastic needs of a war are met by this group by holding the war all night fighting against the Tank equipped army of Pakistan.
How these men fearlessly fight with the soul purpose of keeping intact the nation’s integrity is what makes the movie to touching and patriotic. The zeal that these men demonstrate along with truck loads of courage makes your chest swell up with pride. The Air force of course assists the army in the morning and helps them bring victory to the nation.
The sacrifice that each soldier makes is special and one must honour the life of each of these men who spend a lifetime servingthe country giving up all personal pleasures and comforts.
2. Sarfarosh (1999)
The internal blot of terrorism has led to many consequential instances in the history of our nation.
Taking off from the same point the movie is based on a young medical student’s life whose brother and other family members suffer at the expense of the terror attacks.
The impact of this incident is so strong that the revengeful streak forces the young student to give up the medical course and join the Indian police service. As a cop he wants to wash away all the terrorism that eats away the benefits of our society and causes atrocities that furnish an everlasting impact on the victim and his family.
Several films have revolved around this theme but the acting prowess displayed by the ever so able Aamir Khan took this film to a pivotal stage. It earned a lot of appreciation and left many with goose bumps. The reality is often harsh to see but then again it must be mirrored to the society to bring in amendments. A brilliant take on the issue and extremely well portrayed, it is a great film to watch.
3. Lagaan (2001)
Cricket will always be the first love of India but there was also a time when Indians didn’t even know that the game existed.
Based on the background of a village in such an era, the years when India was suffering under the British raj, this movie is a phenomenal adaptation. The power of the script and the performance of the actors are totally praiseworthy. Aamir and then debutante Gracy Singh created a national rage with his movie which was based on the game of cricket to display the love for the nation. It shows how poverty striken farmeres had to pay exceedingly high taxes to the British government after the harvest of crops. With very little left after tax duties, the farmers were living a life of misery which is worsened by the drought. In these adverse circumstances, a young lad takes up a challenge to defeat the British officials in the game of cricket. On winning the game, the Indian land would be freed by the British but what is at stake is three times the tax which the farmers would have to pay if they lost the match. The movie depicts the spirit that runs in these farmers to help them unite and fight as a single entity against the British to free the village from their dominance. Intertwined with a love story, the movie makes you so proud an Indian that you realise what went in to claim the freedom that we happily cherish today.
4. Nayak (2001)
This movie is an absolute out of the box idea which made every Indian sow a dream of a nation free from all the internal plagues like that of corruption, eve teasing, bribery and the like. The protagonist being Anil Kapoor, this movie had an unmatched strength and vigour that lit the minds of many Indians. The film showed how a normal TV interviewer was given the chance to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for a day. The reporter at first was shocked and sweated enough on realising the seriousness of the offer being made. On being encouraged by colleagues, the realised that this was the right chance to display what a nation could become if the people who held the reins were responsible enough to take control of the progress of our country. He shows an immaculate performance of duty and leaves the people wanting him to take up the post permanently. He has to give his entire life as a normal citizen after this day and how many perils he faces to actually accomplish the duty truthfully shows the true state of our nation. It’s a complete eye-opener and a must watch to remember what rights and duties represent in the truest of the sense.
5. Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
This movie is made to highlight the unequalled endeavours put in by one of the greatest freedom fighters that India has seen, Bhagat Singh.
An entire account of his life’s story and the struggle to gain the freedom that India as a nation had been hungry for, the movie shows the various aspects of the struggle that these brave men faced so that the nation could breathe fresh air. These are the films that leave you wondering as to where the passion is that lights the inner soul to surpass all barriers and reach out to the ultimate goal. Bhagat Singh’s valiant demonstrations and his approach to seek independence well were quite different from the conventional freedom fighters. A revolutionary, he showed the country a path that they didn’t know had existed. His courage is saluted in the movie and his contribution is recognised. Such movies often remind the younger generations of what has gone in for several decades to earn and taste the beauty of freedom. Hats off to the martyrs and freedom fighters.
6. Lakshya (2004)
It is some of the most misguided missiles that take over the responsibility to save the country and rescue it till their last breath.
Hrithik Roshan is the lead in the movie who is a guy who ahs never bothered to plan what is future will be. Even after many taunts and requests to enlighten his life, he runs away from reality every passing day till a day that turns his life upside down. The reckless being finally takes up the challenge to join the army and prove his worth to the world. The task couldn’t have been harder but his never say die attitude take shim along way in life. Interspersed with an angle of love which is played by Preity Zinta, the movie shows the facets of attachment and having to give up something to gain something else. It’s a movie that gives people a direction, where life must lead. It helps them channelize their lives and show some respect to the country that has only been giving but never really asked for anything in return.
7. Swades (2004)
When an Indian goes outside the country to become a sophisticated NRI, little does he connect with the burning issues that are churning in the nation.
Similarly when such an NRI returns to his hometown to meet his family he is shocked by the state in which his own people survive. His struggle to bring about changes and lead the village into the light of developments is heartening indeed.
SRK plays the lead in the movie opposite debutante Gayatri Joshi who plays the role of a school teacher in the village. While Shahrukh is witnessing the harsh realities for survival in the rural village sin India, he doesn’t fail to return to finish his NASA project.
The guilt becomes too overpowering and he feels an undying urge to come back to the motherland and contribute in its welfare.
A must watch!
8. Rang De Basanti (2006)
So what happens to the nation when it is taken over by the youth?
The movie focuses on the youth of today and the untapped power and potential they carry within themselves. It also has a dimension of a foreigner who comes to India to make a film casting the characters of the freedom fighters who led to its independence. While she is giving fictitious roles to these real life college students in the movie, she also ignites a fire within them. The fire to gain freedom but of a different kind. The liberation and emancipation from fear and helplessness. These young souls raise a voice against the top officials and politicos of the country to awaken the nation against the wrong that most citizens bear under the blanket of hesitation. The wave that these youngsters create in unparalleled indeed.
The nation is shook and the jolt makes them realise that its time to bring about a change, a change that we carry within every day of our lives. It’s a movie that one can’t afford to miss.
9. Chak De India (2007)
Chak De India is a movie that will make you realise what it means to be held responsible for defaming your country and how important it is to win back your pride and get a clear chit on the false allegations.
Shah Rukh Khan who played the role of a hockey player once disappointed the nation by failing to score a goal and because he was a Muslim, the nation conveniently declared that he cheated on purpose. That inspired him to go back to hockey, the love of his life and so he took up the role of a coach for the Women’s Hockey Team. How he inspired and trained them to forget racial and caste discriminations to become one team and represent India is indeed a tale to look up to.
Motivational and very aptly played by each character, the package is overwhelming the least to say. SRK and his magnetic appeal needless to say work the perfect magic to mesmerise the audience and watch the film over and over again.
10. A Wednesday (2008)
When a man like Naserrudin Shah teams with Anupam Kher, who doesn’t predict a superbly well drafted film.
The point that this film tries to make is that of how the politicians and the police service fails to clean up the mess in our country and in fact sometimes goes ahead and supports the terrorist organisations to fulfil their personal motives.
An angered civilian decides to teach the Indian system a lesson and hence plans a strategic scheme to teach them what an angry country can do. The innocence and silence of our masses is often mistaken as helplessness and misery. Well when people are compelled and suffocated for too long, the bubble finally bursts and that is when rebellion and extremist behaviour surfaces. The story runs parallel between a civilian whose identity is disguised and the police official to unravel a mysterious secret in the end. An extremely well made movie that keeps you engrossed till the last scene. Impressive and a benchmark that will be hard to meet.