The Parade is not the only thing we’ll be watching on the occasion of our country’s 66th Republic Day. There’s a much more entertaining way of spending the national holiday that also involves warm blankets, popcorn, and some quality snuggling with your loved ones! Here’s a list of patriotic movies to watch today.
Rang De Basanti – An epic creation from Bollywood’s own perfectionist Aamir Khan, that portrays brilliantly a group of aimless, ignorant youths coming together and waking up to their nation’s glorious past, as an English girl sets out on a quest to make a documentary on the young freedom fighters of British India! This movie will definitely help you find the proud patriot in you!
Chak De India – A rag tag team of female hockey players unite under their once-disgraced coach (based on the real life story of Kabir Khan) and win an emotional, glorious victory for India at the world hockey championship that will have you pumping your fists in the air with happy tears in your eyes. Absolute must watch!
Roja – Set in Kashmir against the background of political unrest and terrorist attacks, this romance between a newly wed couple is a patriotic tearjerker that will have you reaching for the tissue! It doesn’t hurt that this Mani Ratnam film has been named as one of the best soundtracks of all time by TIME magazine. It is, inarguably, one of A.R. Rahman’s best compositions ever.
The Legend Of Bhagat Singh – Bhagat Singh’s inspiring story has been retold so many times in Indian cinema that it’s hard to choose one. Just pick up any one of the Bhagat Singh movies (our favourite is the one with Ajay Devgan) and feel yourself well up with unconditional love for our motherland!
Gadar – A Sikh truck driver falls in love with a beautiful young Muslim girl during the gory mutiny that was the India-Pakistan Partition. Just give it a watch because “Hindustan zindabad tha, zindabad hai, aur zindabad rahega!”
Sarfarosh – When terrorists kill an honest cop’s brother and disable his father, he fights back against the smuggling of guns and drugs which plagues the country. Pretty awesome performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Aamir Khan!
Swades – An Indian engineer at NASA comes home to look for his old governess and gets caught up in the grass-root level problems of rural India, finally ending up creating a hydro-electricity plant with the help of the villagers. This movie gives us a peek at the real life issues of the rural parts of our country – it’ll leave you with a lot to think about. Also, one of Shahrukh Khan’s best performances ever!
LOC Kargil – An epic (and nearly accurate) depiction of the Kargil War, this film will leave you feeling proud and sad at the same time. It’s a true tribute to the many brave lives lost during the 1999 war.
Lagaan – This one demands to be watched yet again this Republic day as it features one of the quirkiest (if fictional) rebellion stories of British India! A team of Indian villagers learn cricket in order to beat the English team at their own game and win relief from bearing heavy taxes.
1942 A Love Story – For all the romance lovers, this one is the perfect option for republic day viewing! It’s a sweet old-timey romance set in a British India on the verge of rebellion. Bonus – this movie features an awesome original soundtrack by R.D. Burman, his last before he died!
Border- In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers go up against a 2000-(armed) Pakistani strike force. The movie, one of the best war films of Bollywood, is an adaptation of real life events that happened at the Battle of Longewala fought in Rajasthan during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. This one is the biggest tearjerker of all patriotic movies!
Chittagong - The story is set against the backdrop of a little-known saga in 1930s British Colonial India (now Bangladesh) where a group of schoolboys and young women, led by a schoolteacher Masterda Surya Sen (Manoj Bajpai), dared to take on the Empire.Chittagong is the story of a diffident 14-year-old boy, Jhunku (Delzad Hiwale). Swept up into this seemingly impossible mission, the reluctant teenager battles with self-doubts to achieve an improbable triumph. Also based on the Chittagong Uprising is Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey starring Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.
Which one will you be watching this Republic Day? Tell us in the comments below!