Celebrate Indian Independence Day with 10 movies filled with patriotism
As the world celebrates India’s Independence Day on its 75th anniversary, here are the top 10 movies to fill you with patriotism.
There is an argument that no other country in human history has struggled to gain independence from the British Empire more than India.
This week the world will celebrate India’s 75th anniversaryThursday independence anniversary and understandably there are countless people who want to get a real sense of patriotism through the wonderful world of movies.
From classic films to epic sagas, here are our top 10 movies that are sure to give you a sense of patriotism as you celebrate India’s Independence Day.
Arguably the best depiction of India’s victorious struggle for independence, 1982’s Gandhi is one of the most emotional and heartfelt films to watch as you celebrate its 75th anniversary.Thursday one year anniversary.
Starring Ben Kingsley and directed by Richard Attenborough, Gandi (1982) has a rating of 8.1/10 on IMDB and 92% on Rotten Tomatoes; the film is available through Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play and Netflix (restricted territories).
India has been involved in various fierce wars before and after independence, but apart from the world wars, probably none was more brutal than the Kargil war of 1999. One of the best military films to come out of India, Shershaah tells the incredible story of Captain Vikram “Vicky” Batra , who was martyred during the conflict and which is sure to stir up patriotic feelings.
Shershaah (2021) starring Sidharth Malhotra and directed by Vishnuvardhan has an IMDB rating of 8.4/10 and is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Produced on a budget of 25 million rupees, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India was the most expensive Indian film ever made when it debuted in theaters worldwide in 2001.
Telling the incredible story of a group of villagers who are challenged to play cricket by the British Army after it burdens them with shocking levels of taxation – they not only need to learn about cricket, but also claim victory over an arrogant officer.
Starring Aamir Khan and an excellent cast, Lagaan has a rating of 8.1/10 on IMDB and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and is available to stream on Netflix (restricted territories).
Easily the HITC favorite on this list, and certainly on our top 10 movies of 2022, RRR is a masterpiece of epic proportions that will have you laughing, crying, dancing, screaming, and patriotically singing practically every 30 minutes of this three-hour saga.
NT Rama Rao Jr and Lead’s Ram Charan give the performances of their lives in this instant classic, which also holds an excellent 8/10 on IMDB and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes – available to stream on Netflix in multiple languages.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Despite being a flop in 2002, The Legend of Bhagat Singh has become widely regarded as a classic Indian independence film. The film follows the life and death of Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who rose to the level of a superhero for his people fighting for the Indian revolution.
Starring Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh and Akhilendra Mishra, the film has a score of 8.1/10 on IMDB and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Legend of Bhagat Singh is available for streaming on Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play.
Viceroy’s House (2017)
A rather surprising entry for many fans, Viceroy’s House may not have the same sense of patriotism as other films – but its stature in depicting one of the most important moments in Indian history cannot be understated.
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillan Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Michael Gambon, the film has an astounding 6.7/10 on IMDB and 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. These ratings certainly shouldn’t deter you from this emotional film, which is available to stream via Amazon Prime Video and Netflix (restricted territories).
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019)
India’s fascinating history is incredibly long, and on the other hand, there are plenty of pre-1900 stories that deserve a believable and entertaining portrayal. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy tells the story of Uyyalawad Narasimha Reddy, who in 1847 led an armed revolt of over 5,000 Indian peasants against the East India Company.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’s classic historical action film features characters like Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Sudeep in lead roles. Rated 7.3/10 on IMDB, this film is a must-watch for anyone looking to celebrate India’s Independence Day with a more historical tale, available on Amazon Prime Video.
Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Another classic Indian independence film, this film tells the story of Mangal Pandey, a soldier who is widely credited with starting the first rebellion against the British in 1857.
Starring Aamir Khan in his hit comeback role, Mangal Pandey: The Rising has a score of 6.5/10 on IMDB but 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.
While India gained independence long before the events depicted in Major, the film certainly provides that patriotic spirit and never-say-die attitude that led the nation to self-rule.
The film tells the story of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, an Indian Army officer who was tragically killed during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks: his actions eventually led to him being posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest award available for peaceful bravery.
Major has a score of 8.3/10 on IMDB and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film can be streamed in multiple languages on Netflix.
Sardar Udham (2021)
Our last entry on this list of Indian Independence Day movies is another modern classic. This film tells the story of Udham Singh, a freedom fighter who became infamous for his revolutionary ideals after he assassinated the former governor of Punjab after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Starring Vicky Kaushal and directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film has a rating of 8.4/10 on IMDB and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes – available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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