One of the most important days in the life of an Indian is the 15th of August. Most of us weren’t even born in 1947, but this date is definitely intertwined with all our destinies. The cinematic universe has celebrated the pivotal moment of our independence and equally prestigious moments post-independence that have made us swell with pride. With Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, we have an opportunity to salute the scientists who put India on the global nuclear map.

But before we head to the theaters to watch the John Abraham and Diana Penty starrer, here’s our list of movies that salute the Indian in each and every one of us:

1. 1971 (2007)

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Based on the true story of prisoners of war (POW) after the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, this National Award-winning classic stars Manoj Bajpayee, Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra, and Deepak Dobriyal in lead roles.

2. Haqeeqat (1964)

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Made two years after the 1962 Indo-Sino war, this movie is a historical tribute to the selflessness of the Indian jawans. Directed by Chetan Anand, this movie stars Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Sudhir, and Sanjay Khan in pivotal roles.

3. Border (1997)

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Probably one of the first movies that come to our mind when we think of army and patriotism, this multi-starrer features Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.

4. Lakshya (2004)

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Set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War, this Farhan Akhtar-directed movie definitely inspired many to consider serving the armed forces. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles, this movie has achieved a cult status over the years.

5.  Deewaar: Let’s Bring Our Heroes Back (2004)

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Directed by Milan Luthria, this movie is based on the tales of Indian Army officers imprisoned on the other side of LOC. This movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, and Akshaye Khanna in lead roles.

6.  LOC Kargil (2003)

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The premise of this movie is the 1999 Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan. It is based on the 1999 Operation Vijay and Battle of Tololing along the Line of Control (LOC). This movie stars a large number of Bollywood stars including Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, and Tollywood superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna.

These movies will inspire you to be proud of our motherland while you gear up to watch Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is based on India’s first nuclear tests that were conducted in Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998. The movie will release on May 25th 2018 in theatres near you.

-Written by Varsha Pillai