This year everyone looked forward to the Independence Day weekend. A four-day long weekend is a rarity these days and had everyone scrambling to books their tickets and jet off for a good, well-deserved break. There were and are a few of us though who decided to home in and hibernate these four days and just laze it out.With the last of the holiday being 15th August itself, we are now wondering how to spend it. My suggestion would be to pick out a bunch of patriotic movies and have a moviethon all day long!
Not the usual Gandhi or Mother India or Border though, there have been a few movies here and there which might not have done well commercially or gone missing from the mainstream for the lack of a popular face, but worth a watch nevertheless.
Here is a list of some fantastic movies related to nationalism that you probably wouldn’t have seen, but ought to see:
1971 (2007) – Directed by Amrit Sagar
A 2007 release starring Manoj Bajpayee, Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal, Ravi Kisen amongst others. It won the best Hindi Film at the National Awards that year and very few of us have actually heard of it. The film is a true story about six Indian soldiers who were taken as prisoners of war by the Pakistani Army during the 1971 war and their ordeal of escape.
The Ghazi Attack (2017) – Directed by Sankalp Reddy
Another movie about incidents that occurred during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. This movie is about a mission undertaken by PNS Ghazi a Pakistani submarine out to destroy INS Vikrant and how the crew and men aboard S21 an Indian Naval Submarine thwart that mission and save INS Vikrant. The movie stars Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni and Tapsee Pannu. The movie has been narrated by Amitabh Bachchan.
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore (2014) – Directed by Vijay Raaz
This movie is Vijay Raaz’s directorial debut, starring him and Manu Rishi in the lead roles. This movie is set in post partition in 1948 and revolves around the story of survival of two soldiers, one an Indian soldier of Pakistani origin and one a Pakistani soldier of Indian origin. The movie opened to positive reviews and was acclaimed in the art house circuit.
Chittagong (2012) – Directed by Bedabrata Pain
Starring Manoj Bajpayee in a leading role as Masterda Surya Sen and based upon events of the Chittagong Uprising, this movie went on to win the best Debut Film of a Director at the 60th National Awards. Another movie was made based on the Chittagong uprising known as Khelein Hum ee Jaan Sey directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar and starring Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, but this movie was a far better movie in terms of narrative as well as the portrayal of characters.
Yahaan (2005) – Directed by Shoojit Sircar
Minissha Lamba’s debut movie and also starring Jimmy Shergill, a beautiful love story in the backdrop of a warring Kashmir tells the tale of a local girl and an army man in love. The story takes a turn when the girl’s brother is suspected of being a terrorist and the army man is court martialed for being involved with the sister of a jihadi. Beautiful cinematography, as well as music, makes for a decent watch.