As soon as the calendar unfolds itself to the month of August, Indian masses are filled with renewed patriotic streaks, all running wild in them, throughout the month, and oozing in ample amounts on the Indian Independence Day, viz 15th August every year.
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Every Indian is a proud Indian. And the feeling of nationalism is undeviating and eternal. Painted on the celluloid are sheer masterpieces that bring alive the patriotism in its true essence, whenever these films are referred to.
We aim to list down a few flicks, from the last decade that have brought the sense of national pride in every individual and have touched millions of hearts.
5. A Wednesday! (2008):
Neeraj Pandey’s simple yet very moving film ‘A Wednesday!’,starred ace actors like Nasseruddin Shah and Anupam Kher, and ranks at 5 on our list. The narrative being around the power vested at the hands of a common man, and what he can turn them into. It was remade in Tamil as ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’ and in Telugu as Eenadu. Plus there is also an official English remake to the film, with Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross titled ‘A Common Man’.
4. Lakshya (2004):
Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya, is that one flick that has become looping one on the TV sets around Patriotic days. About 1999 Kargil War and a fictional take on the story, we put it on the fourth slot of our list. The film had Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri and Boman Irani, in lead roles. What stands apart is the refreshing treatment to the script and storyline. The journey of an aimless individual becoming a highly responsible Indian Army officer inspired millions.
3. Swades: We, the People (2004):
Even though this cult film, created created ripples overseas at the domestic Box Office it didn’t manage to do that well. Much so that it was deemed to be one of the best performances of Shahrukh Khan by the critics, and we place it at number three. A gripping tale of Mohan and the pursuit of becoming a human with a sense of doing something for his country-India, this Ashutosh Goawrikar directorial won hearts. Later it was even dubbed in Tamil and was titled ‘Desam’.
2. Lagaan (2001):
The intriguing and epic musical sports drama film from the pages of Victorian era is one of the finest films ever made. And it closely follows the lines of patriotism. Lagaan is at our second position on the list. It was India’s official entry to the Oscars, after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay (1988). National and International acclaim are synonymous with Lagaan. This Ashutosh Gowarikar film will always remaining close to the heart of every Indian. What Bhuvan(Aamir Khan) did for his country, the narrative in baritone voice of Amitabh Bachchan, and everything else makes it arguably to be one of the Best Films ever made under Indian Cinema.
1.Rang De Basanti (2006):
Rang De Basanti can never be missed when we are talking about patriotism, popularly called RDB; is by far, the most enthralling narrative in this genre. Patriotism and Indian Youth and RDB form a concatenated bondage, with no breaking. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s ace directorial skills, sound score by A.R. Rahman, perfectionist actors like, Aamir Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Siddharth Narayan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Atul Kulkarni and Alic Patten, and the unexampled setting and story, this in unerring quantities had everything just right. It not only bagged awards on National and International fronts, but also proved to be a trendsetter. It left a lasting imprint on the minds all Indians. If that’s not all, the one of the major appealing facts about the movie being such a rage was, it released on the Indian Republic Day, i.e 26th January,2006, gripping hearts and captivating minds moreover.
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The aforementioned films have risen above the level and have that extra edge in them that makes them all gloriously evergreen!