Must Watch List: Top 10 Patriotic Bollywood Films You Should Watch Before Death
Right from the beginning Bollywood has been trying to define and redefine the theme of patriotism with myriad approaches. There are, however, a few classics that stand out. We bring a list of best patriotic movies that are landmarks in Indian cinema and to be remembered for centuries.
Based on the Battle of Longewala during 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, every inch of the film smells patriotic zeal. Even after decades, Border is the most successful and probably only successful war film made in Bollywood.
9 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Set in the time of partition, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha starred Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, and Amrish Puri. Patriotism lurks in this rock solid love story.
Lagaan is a rising story that revolves around the peasants from a village oppressed by high taxes imposed by their rulers.
7 Chak De! India
Chak De! India explores religious bigotry, the legacy of partition and sexism in the then India. A landmark in sports films!
Based on true events, Airlift shows how a Kuwait-based businessman carries out the evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
5 Swadesh: We, the People
Ashutosh Gowariker and Shah Rukh Khan’s Swadesh showcased myriad colours of India. A gem!
4 Rang De Basanti
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti is strongly connected with youth. Patriotism found a new dimension here.
3 Mother India
Nargis, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar’s 1957 released Mother India is a definitive cultural classic and is regarded as one of the best films in Indian and world cinema. It was India’s first submission for the Academy Award where it got the nomination but lost by one vote.
2 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero
The film depicts the life and struggle of the unsung Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose.
1 Legend of Bhagat Singh
The biographical film highlights the life and strife of the great Indian martyr Bhagat Singh. Today it is considered as one of the most memorable patriotic films of all time.
Among Bollywood actors mainly Sunny Deol, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan fit the bill for patriotic films.