Republic Day is just around the corner and we’re getting all excited about sleeping in and waking up to watch the parade! But that’s not all we’ll be watching on the national holiday. Team SC rounded up a list of patriotic movies that you should be watching this 26th of January!
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! This movie will definitely help you find the proud patriot in you!
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!
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. Absolute must watch!
Roja – Set in Kashmir against the background of political unrest and terrorist attacks, this romance between a newly wed couple will definitely move you to tears! 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.
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 game and gain relief from bearing heavy taxes.
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.
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.
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!
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!