Modern patriotism: 5 Must-Watch Indian Independence Day Movies

By on August 13, 2017

Without a doubt, no one reminds us of our love for India more than Bollywood does. The theme of patriotism has been romanticized in movies many a times, only its expressions have changed over the years.

Back in the day, heroes and films were too melodramatic and overly sincere. Although Kranti, Mother India and 1942 A Love Story are as heart-wrenching as ever, their outdated persona shoves them in the list of yesteryear’s classics.

These days, we still feel the same pride but don’t need the ‘thakurs’, ‘disappointed mothers’ and ‘long farewell speeches on laps’ to show it. Here are a list of 5 modern Indian Independence day movies for 15 August — since these are new age you’ll find them on-line versus Chung King digging.

Lagaan (2001)

Plot: Lagaan is set in pre-independent India, when the British imposed unbearable taxes on the villagers. One small village stands up to this injustice and challenges their rulers to a game of cricket, putting their future at stake.

Lagaan copy

Salaam: Cricket and Bollywood — what a formula sirjee. We can watch this film countless times and yet not get bored of the ensemble cast lead by Amir Khan and the gripping storyline. Of course, we also love the English attempting to speak hindi phrases, notably “Dugna Lagaan”.

Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Plot: Legend of Bhagat Singh is a biographical film based on a young revolutionary that fought for India’s freedom.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

Salaam: We had to include one film that shows the struggle towards India’s freedom and this Ajay Devgn film wins hands down. Powerful scenes, heavy dialogues and raw love for India make this film a must-watch. It also shows a different side to India’s freedom without a Gandhi bias.

Swades (2004)

Plot: This coming of age film is about an Indian scientist (Shah Rukh Khan) that returns to an Indian village to take his nanny back to America with him. Of course, along the way his encounters with India force him to have a change in heart and intentions.

Swades

Salaam: This film has everything working in its favour — Shah Rukh Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar direction and A.R Rahman music. Made especially for NRIs, Swades will have you rethink life’s decisions.

Rang De Basanti (2006)

Plot: A young journalist from England comes to India to film a documentary about India’s independence. She befriends few locals (Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor and Soha Ali Khan) to help her, and along the way they discover India is still struggling for freedom.

Rang De Basanti

Salaam: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directs this film with pure brilliance and ingenuity. It deals with the past and present and shows the youth in charge. True fact: Rang De Basanti inspired a protest rally in India that brought justice to a murder case.

Chak De! India (2007)

Plot: An ex-glorified hockey player returns to the game to coach the Indian women’s hockey team. He instils moral values and brings unity to a group of rookie players.

Chak De India copy

Salaam: This modern film has us cheering for India up until the end and throws focus on India’s national sport (reality check: it’s hockey, not cricket). Cheeky dialogues and Shah Rukh Khan’s disciplined acting carried this film to our top 5 list.

Arpan Savlani
Arpan Savlani loves to write about all things fun. She wishes life was a Bollywood charade, but that’s just another one of her whimsical daydreams. Bribe her with a random fact, good joke or a slab of chocolate and you’ve got her attention. A self-proclaimed yogi, this wild child hopes to change the world, one word at a time.
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One Comment

  1. anjeeta

    August 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Earth and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag are my additions to the list.

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