From Sardar Udham Singh to The Legend of Bhagat Singh: Watch these Bollywood movies on our legendary freedom fighters
Let's remember the sacrifices that our freedom fighters made to make our country a free nation through these engaging movies
From Sardar Udham Singh to The Legend of Bhagat Singh
India celebrated its 75th year of independence on August 15, 2022. We are leading a free life today because of the various sacrifices made by our unsung revolutionaries during the time of Indian freedom struggle. Bollywood has made several attempts in the past to portray the lives of these heroic personalities on screen in order to introduce their hardships to the audience. Though many filmmakers couldn’t taste success in their attempts, a few came up with inspiring works, offering the tribute the heroes deserve. Take a look at some of the impactful Bollywood films that are based on the lives of our freedom fighters.
Sardar Udham Singh on Amazon Prime Video
‘Indians never forget their enemies, they strike them down even after twenty years’. This one sentence sums up the film’s plot. The Shoojit Sircar-directed 2021 release stars Vicky Kaushal in the lead role of Sardar Udham Singh. He is keen on attaining freedom from the shackles of colonial rule, but sees no justice being done to his people or his homeland. He witnessed the atrocities of Jallianwala Bagh at a young age and decided to earn justice on his own. The film is a courageous tale about Sardar Udham Singh who killed General O'Dwyer, the person who gave the orders for firing at Jallianwala Bagh. He soon begins his journey of avenge and tours Europe in search of his culprit. Vicky Kaushal plays the part with true conviction and is flawless on screen. He sacrifices people and relationships for the sake of his homeland.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh on Netflix
The film features Ajay Devgn as Bhagat Singh, Sushant Singh as Sukhdev, Akhilendra Mishra as Chandrashekhar Azad, and D'santosh as Rajguru in lead roles. The 2002 Rajkumar Santoshi-directed film is a legendary classic that has become a must-watch amongst all Indian cinephiles. It is a story about these revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. Songs like "Pagdi sambhal jatta" and "Sarfarohi ki tamanna", were evergreen melodies that are associated with the lives of these freedom fighters. Powerful dialogues like "The enemy can cage man but not his ideologies" were the highlights of the film which provided the much-needed emotions to the legendary classic. "Complete freedom or Purna Swaraj" was Bhagat Singh’s only goal and he died fighting for the cause. The movie won the ‘National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi’. It features the revolutionary leader’s planning and preparation behind all his activities and sacrifices. A film about loss, revolution and sacrifice, it is a must-watch to witness the lives of these great men.
Based on the real-life story of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 1993 film is a biographical drama that features Paresh Rawal in the lead role of Patel. The Ketan Mehta-directed film did not gain much attention at the time of its release, but is a historic piece of art that revolves around the life of one of our greatest freedom fighters. It takes you on a journey of his initial introduction to Gandhi and the latter’s freedom struggles. It takes you on a historic journey and introduces the most important parts of our freedom journey to the audience. His rift with Gandhi (played by Annu Kapoor) and Nehru, and his contribution to making India an independent nation, is beautifully portrayed with Keta Mehta's direction. The movie is a must-watch to witness the contribution of this unsung hero of our nation.
Mangal Pandey-The Rising on MXPlayer
Aamir Khan-starrer Mangal Pandey-The Rising is a legendary drama. The 1993 Ketan Mehta-directed film revolves around the life of Mangal Pandey, a revolutionary who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. The Bollywood cult classic was a box office hit and still evokes emotions of sacrifice and pride when you see Aamir Khan as Mangal Pandey on screen. The actor does justice to his role and his physical transformation with a mustache and long hair make him suit the part.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose The Forgotten Hero on MX player
The Bengali background music is soothing to the ears. It feels authentic and takes you to the time of the revolution. The aesthetics and subtle details become the highlight of the film. It stars Sachin Khedekar as Bose in the lead role and revolves around his life and contribution to the making of this free nation. Though Bose never saw an independent India, his contribution can’t go unnoticed and this film is a riveting effort in giving the legend the tribute he deserves. The film is a must-watch with fabulous performances and a plotline revolving around the Indian freedom struggle.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
The historical drama directed by Jabbar Patel which was released in 2000 showcases the life history of the father of our constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. The tale centers on his struggle at attaining freedom from colonial rule, but at the same time breaking away from the age-old customs of caste. It features his quarrel with the local citizens, conflict with Mahatma Gandhi and touches upon his daring attitude to call a spade a spade.
The Making of Mahatma on Amazon Prime Video
The 1996 Shyam Benegal-directed film, The Making of Gandhi, centers on Gandhi's journey during the Indian freedom struggle. The film takes you on a journey of introducing the historical events and Gandhi's role in facing those challenges and attaining triumph at the end of it all. Rajat Kapoor is flawless in his performance; he suits the part perfectly and completely transforms himself into Gandhi with his speaking style and physical attire. It shows Gandhi from his young and humble beginning to achieving success in the due course of time. Shyam Benegal has done justice to the legacy of Gandhi and our freedom struggle. He has provided due respect to the lives lost and the sacrifices of our freedom fighters.
Last Updated: 06.12 PM, Aug 16, 2022