There may have been several films that explored the struggles and battles of free India. But only a few managed to leave an impact which is difficult to forget. We give you a list of movies which you should watch on Independence Day. Shaheed: The movie 'Shaheed', starring Manoj Kumar was released in 1965. A hit back then, it also narrated the story of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh Azad.
Anand Math: This 1952 Hindi patriotic-historical film, was directed by Hemen Gupta. 'Anand Math' was based on the popular Bengali novel by the same name which was written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1882. The film's story revolves around the events of the Sannyasi Rebellion, which happened in the late 18th century in eastern India, especially Bengal.
Upkar: With this film, director-actor Manoj Kumar garnered popularity as Bharat. The film was made because Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had appreciated Manoj's earlier film 'Shaheed' and encouraged him to make another based on the Jai Jawaan, Jai Kissan slogan. Manoj essayed dual roles, both a jawan and a kisan in the film. Manoj become an authority on screen patriotism with this film.
Haqeeqat: Set against the backdrop of Sino-Indian War of 1962, 'Haqeeqat' was about a small group of Indian soldiers in Ladakh who are thought to be dead, but are rescued by Capt. Bahadur Singh (Dharmendra).
Mangal Pandey: The Rising: The Aamir Khan starrer film revolved around the life and struggle of Mangal Pandey. Pandey was popular for attacking the British officers in an incident that was the first act of what came to be known as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 or the First war of Indian Independence.
Border: The film was an anti-war film which revolved around the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It was an adaptation from real life events that took place at the Battle of Longewala fought in Rajasthan (Western Theatre) during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and Bangladesh Liberation War.
Chittagong: This film was set against the backdrop of a not so popular incident in 1930s British Colonial India (now Bangladesh) in which a group of courageous schoolboys and young women, led by a schoolteacher, Masterda Surya Sen (Manoj Bajpai) took on the Empire. Chittagong revolves around the lives of Jhunku (Delzad Hiwale), a 14-year-old boy.
Gandhi: Ben Kingsley's 'Gandhi' traced the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The movie also talked about his journey from South Africa to India and the role he played in getting India her freedom, his political decisions and his death.
Lakshya: Karan Shergill (Hrithik Roshan) lived in a bubble and couldn't care less about the world, until he lands in the army. The movie inspires one to join the army, or at least snap out of a passive state.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh: Rajkumar Santoshi's 'The Legend of Bhagat Singh' starring Ajay Devgn and Amrita Rao narrated the story of the revolutionary, Bhagat Singh. The man who sacrificed his life to gain freedom for India.