“Religion wala jo column hota hai usme hum bold aur capital mein INDIAN likhtey hai.”
Did this epic dialogue from Baby movie propagate the patriotic chord in you?
India is going to celebrate 72 years of being free on 15th August, 2018. It’s a day to remember that you get to live life on your own terms now only because of innumerable passionate souls. The struggle for freedom from the British should never go in vain because it has been earned through lot of sacrifices. Bollywood too values the effort of every freedom fighter and has given us some classic movies which fill us with pride, each time we see it. Not all movies might be about freedom fighters, some might be about fighting for injustice , corruption… there are various reasons to fight for the country while having a same common motive- pride of the country comes first. Here’s my list of top 12 patriotic Bollywood movies that will make you proud to be an Indian-
- Purab Aur Paschim (1970)– Starring Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran, Prem Chopra and Manoj Kumar in the lead roles, Purab Aur Paschim shows the difference in the cultures of the East and West. The film illustrates how some Indians have blended with the West because they are ashamed of their roots. Manoj Kumar takes the initiative to make sure the NRIs respect Indian values with a strong patriotic attachment towards their motherland. Indian cinema proudly boasts about this movie till date.
Famous dialogue- “Even the scent of soil from our land, fills culture in the breath of strangers.”
- Border (1997)– Directed and produced by J.P Dutta, ‘Border’ is based on the India-Pakistan war of 1971. It shows how Indian soldiers fight against all odds and wage war against the oppressive Pakistan army battalion only to protect their Motherland. Border features an ensemble cast- Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna among a host of other actors. The film not only succeeded in igniting patriotic spark among Indians, it also gave an anti-war message in the end. You definitely cannot miss this one!
Famous dialogue- “We don’t even eye on someone else’s land … but we are not so unworthy kids … that we will sit mum if someone eyes on our land.”
- Sarfarosh (1999)– Starring Aamir Khan and Naseeruddin Shah, Sarfarosh is directed by John Matthew Matthan. The movie speaks in detail about how badly terrorism affects the entire nation. It showed us very raw details of taking terrorists into custody and exposing the real culprits, which no other movie has shown and is still relevant today. This sensitive Indo-Pak terrorism drama is one of the best patriotic films that Bollywood has given us.
Famous dialogue- “I consider my country as my home.”
- The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)– Starring Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh and D Santosh, ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’ chronicles the revolution started by a few young Indians against the oppressive British rulers. The film shows detailed life of Bhagat Singh, his grit, determination and his struggles. This movie is undoubtedly the most loved patriotic film of all Indians.
Famous dialogue- “You fulfill the duties of your job … I’ll fulfill the duties of my land.”
- Swades (2004)– Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Swades stars Shahrukh Khan, and debutante Gayatri Joshi. Shahrukh plays the role of an NRI working for NASA, who returns to India to bring about a revolutionary change in his village. There’s no villain or enemy in this movie. He simply fights against the mentalities of his people making them realize the importance of education and unity. He puts his brain and skills to the good use of his own countrymen. Swades strongly delivers the message that we have to be the change we want to see in our society.
Famous dialogue- “I don’t believe our country is the best country in the world … but I do believe … that we have the potential and the strength, to make our country the best.”
- Rang De Basanti (2006)– Probably the first movie which made me cry. The most loved patriotic movie among youngsters, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ stars Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth and Kunal Kapoor. It re tells the story of Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad and other comrades by running parallel between the 1930`s British India and the India today. The film starts off with carefree young individuals and progresses with revenge seeking rebels when corruption claims the life of their close friend. Packed with patriotism, this movie definitely instills a feeling of pride for our country.
Famous dialogue- “There are only two ways to live… one whatever is happening let it happen, keep tolerating it … Or else take the responsibility to change it.”
- Chak De! India (2007)– Produced by Aditya Chopra, Chak De India depicts the problems of traditional and regional prejudice, religious intolerance and gender inequality in India on one common platform- the hockey field. Shahrukh Khan trains a few arrogant but talented players, portrayed by 16 actresses and unites them into a single force to win a hockey game at an international level. Chak De India is arguably an influential patriotic movie.
Famous dialogue- “I can neither listen nor see the names of any states … I can only hear one country’s name, INDIA.”
- A Wednesday(2008)- Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesay has unmatched performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. This movie showed us an exceptional way to be patriotic. It proves that even a common man can bring change in the society. Naseeruddin Shah’s dedication to remove corruption from the system makes the entire police team of Mumbai sleepless. This movie has a perfect combo of drama and thriller. It certainly fills you with the spirit of patriotism.
Famous dialogue- “No motherfucker can press a button and decide for me … that when I should die.”
- Holiday- A Soldier Is Never off Duty (2014) – A. R. Murugadoss remade his own acclaimed Tamil film Thuppakki (2012) in bollywood with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. Being the Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay steals the show with his dare devil stunts and action scenes. Very cleverly he tracks down sleeper agents in Mumbai who had a mission to blast six different areas simultaneously. Ultimately he finds the leader of the sleeper cells played by Freddy Daruwala and stops major serial blasts planned in the city. This movie instills a sentiment of patriotism and commands respect for the Army.
Famous dialogue- “Just so that you people can live here peacefully with your family, we people die every day at the border.”
- Baby(2015)– Another creation by Neeraj Pandey, Baby stars Akshay Kumar in the lead role along with Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Rana Daggubati, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Madhurima Tuli and Rasheed Naz in supporting roles. With adrenaline pumping speed action sequences, Akshay and his team try their level best to prevent terror tsunami on India. The movie is filled with covert and courageous operations performed across Kathmandu, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Mumbai. All the unit members give it all they’ve got and stand tall to guard their motherland. This movie has gripping thriller throughout which is keeps your heart in your mouth all the time. It is sensible and precisely taut for the new generation to fill with patriotism.
Famous dialogue- “Not every war happens on the border.”
- Airlift (2016)– Starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur, Raja Krishna Menon’s ‘Airlift’ narrates a never-told story of Iraq’s invasion in Kuwait and the world’s largest human air evacuation. It shows miserable conditions of Indians who were stuck in Kuwait during the wartime and how they were evacuated by air back to India. This movie leaves you with a soul-stirring patriotic effect.
Famous dialogue- “If we are together we are something … or else we are nothing.”
- The Ghazi Attack (2017)– The Ghazi Attack is an Indian war film written, and directed by Sankalp Reddy starring Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. It completely focuses on the courage and patriotism of the men aboard the Indian Submarine INS Karanj who destroyed the Pakistani PNS Ghazi whose motive was to destroy INS Vikrant. Everybody performs maturely and sincerely but the most interesting character is Kay Kay Menon as Captain Ranvijay Singh. He isn’t afraid of death and has only one goal- bring the enemy down. You will be thrilled to see what happens underwater and keeps you engaged throughout. There’s nothing but respect for the soldiers who lay their lives for their country. Watch it to know the mystery behind the sinking of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. I’m sure by the end of the movie, you’ll be proud to call yourself an INDIAN.
Famous dialogue- “You don’t win a war by becoming a martyr … you win it by making your enemy a martyr.”
Are you filled up with pride up yet? I am sure I must have missed some other hit movies. Feel free to share your favorite patriotic movie in the comments. I wish Bollywood makes more such patriotic movies. These kinds of movies spread a feeling of patriotism amongst the young generation which is highly needed in today’s time.
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