With the Independence Day hours away, here we bring you a list of top five epic Bollywood films for you to watch and celebrate the patriotic evening. The films run across themes such as Indian independence and the wars it had been in engagement with other countries.
Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti is the story of contemporary India where six youths help a foreign filmmaker direct a film about India’s struggle for freedom. The movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and acted by Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan and Siddharth.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
While Bhagat Singh’s life story has been depicted in numerous films, this Rajkumar Santoshi-directorial is by far the best. From a crisp storyline to brilliant performances by Ajay Devgn and co., this movie takes you back to the pre-Independence era. It won 2 National awards and 3 Filmfare awards. Sushand Singh and D Santosh also produce memorable performances.
Farhan Akhtar’s second directorial venture was the coming-of-age tale of a young aimless boy (Hrithik Roshan) set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War. The film that also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta netted Rs.11 crore in box office collections.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan played a NASA scientist who rediscovers his roots in director Ashutosh Gowariker’s patriotic drama. Much lauded by critics and released in Tamil as Desam, the film earned about Rs.6 crore at the box office.
As intelligence became high-tech, the movie highlighted the devoted squad of men and women that protected Indian citizens with the help of technology. But the dangers too multiplied, as a manic Pakistani mastermind wished to take revenge on India for the December 16, 1971 humiliating defeat.