Indians have been celebrating independence since 71 years now and we are all aware that the independence of our country deeply reminisces of the martyrs whose sacrifices granted us the freedom we have today. The tale of freedom struggle is long and the sacrifices of the freedom fighters are countless. The generation that witnessed the Indian war for independence has been narrating the stories of these heroes to their kids and that’s how they have stayed alive in our hearts. Today, in the age of Internet and smartphones, the art of storytelling is lost somewhere and today’s generation is deprived of knowing the cost of freedom they enjoy. Instead of the stories, there are some movies that made us more aware of the lives of the martyrs and made them the heroes they are in the hearts of many who were oblivious.
1. Sardar (1993)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel maneuvered the nation out of one of the gravest crisis state of the Indian history, the partition and also thrived in it. He was given the title of Sardar when he compelled the British government to update the rules regarding the confiscation of the lands and assembled the farmers and motivated them. The movie follows his life from the time he ridiculed the policies of Mahatma Gandhi to partition period and end with him resting in the village after the nation was united and it was one country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Directed by Ketan Mehta the film starred Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor and received the National Award for best film on national integration.
2. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Bhagat Singh was one of the most influential revolutionaries who became popular because of his retaliation to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, who was beaten to death by police. He planned a careful bombing at the Central Legislative Assembly with the chants of Inquilaab Zindabad. The assassination of British police officer John Saunders lea to his own death along with Rajguru and Sukhdev. He was convicted and hanged at the age of 23 years. This film was one of the very few biopics that furnished the real facts as they are (almost). Directed by RajKumar Santoshi the film starred Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh and Santosh. The film won two National Awards one being the best feature film Hindi.
Another film based on the same storyline was 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, which released in the same year.
3. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The forgotten Hero (2004)
One of the greatest freedom fighters who is still remembered because of his inspirational appeal “tum muje khoon do, main tumhe aazaadi dunga”, Subhash Chandra Bose was the founder of Azad Hind Fauj. He was highly influenced by Swami Vivekanand and was known for his patriotic zeal as a student. He led the Indian National Army movement during the World War II. The National award-winning film was directed by Shyam Benegal and starred Sachin Khedekar. The film started with Bose leaving the post of the president of Indian National Congress and ends with his vanishing after the Indian Independence. It was announced by Japan govenment that Netaji died in a plane crash in Taiwan but his death is still a subject of argument because of the lack of evidence of his death.
4. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier, played the key role in igniting the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Pandey was a British soldier whose sudden fierceness against the British was justified by the new kind of bullet that was introduced for the Enfield P-53 rifle. The paper cartridge that was used in those rifles used animal fat as a lubricant and required biting for opening it and pouring it in loose gun powder, which was against the Hindu and Muslim religious beliefs. His attack on Lieutenant Baugh and the punishment faced by him are viewed as the beginning of the Indian mutiny of 1857. The movie starred Aamir Khan as the protagonist and was directed by Ketan Mehta. Bhartiya Janata Party sought a ban on the film because of fabrication of the story and was damned for presenting twisted history. The film got mixed reviews but is considered as one of the worthy period film to watch.
5. Rang De Basanti (2006)
The film was about a film that Sue (Alice Pattern) wanted to make about the young revolutionaries of India who died for the Indian Independence. Her film revolved around legends like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Rajguru, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan and Durgawati Devi, who led the light of armed freedom struggle in 1920s (Kakori Robery, Hindustan Republican Association and the assassination of J.P. Saunders to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpat Rai). The film was a huge hit and mirrored the need of the hour – active involvement in the social and political environment of the country, rather than acting as mere helpless spectators. The film went through rigorous censorship because it had scenes of a MiG-21, a much debated aircraft in the Indian Air Force. Post a special screening, the defense ministry demanded no cuts, but recommended more names to be included to the slide that carried names of the deceased MiG pilots as a dedication.
We hope that this has re-ignited the independence fire in you and you’ll continue to be the ideal patriot.
Wish all you Indians a prosperous Independence Day!