The Constitution of India was amended on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. India was declared as a democratic state completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent Republic. Freedom of speech was one of the fundamental rights that was given to the Indian citizens and helped the fiction and non-fiction creators to share their views on everything related to human life. Therefore films are one of the pioneers of communication which document topics on history, present and future. On this 67th Republic Day we suggest you a number of films that showcase and entertain the history of struggle and passion that went through in gaining Independence, Indian sentiments on nationalism and much more.
Here are some of the films on patriotism that should not be missed.
The 1982 epic biographical film takes us to the journey of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi contributing his life for Indian Independence. The film was written by John Briley and directed by Richard Attenborough. Ben Kinsley played the role of Gandhi. We see Om Puri in a cameo role. The film won accolades like The Best Picture at The Academy Awards. The film dramatizes the dawn of Gandhi’s non-violent revolution mind to his assassination and funeral.
2) Hey Ram
The 2000 film is about the protagonist’s journey from hatred to love based on the partition of Bengal during Indepedence. The semi-fictional film surrounds on the assassination of Gandhi by Nathuram Godse too. Kamal Hassan plays the pivotal role and had directed the Indian period crime drama film. The film also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee. It was an Indian selected movie for the submission to Oscars but was not nominated.
The film revolves around the 1930 British Colonial India (now in Bangladesh) where a group of school boys and young women led by a school teacher Masterda Surya Sen took initiatives and dared to take on the empire Chittagong. The film is the story of a reluctant teenager boy Jhunku conquering his self-doubts to achieve the impossible. It is directed by Bedabrata Pain and stars Manoj bajpai in the lead role. The music is composed by trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Resul Pookutty’s contribution on sound design. The movie won the 60th National Award for the The Best Debut Film of a director.
4) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero
It is one of the rare films which depicts the life of the Indian Independence Leader Subhas Chandra Bose and his journey of forming Azad Hind Fauj, the first ever Indian Army. The movie is directed by Shyam Benegal and garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
5) Mangal Pandey- The Rising
The story is about an Indian soldier known for his role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 . Aamir Khan plays the role of the soldier whose bravery led to the spark of Indian Rebellion of 1857. It is also known as the First War of Indian Independence. The movie is directed by Ketan Mehta and the music is composed by A.R. Rahman. The film was premiered in 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
These films on Indian patriotism are must-watch for any individual who is proud of the country and want to salute the involvement and devotion of freedom fighters, who made our country an ‘Independent Nation’.