Patriotic films have been around Bollywood for a long time and they can get Indians very excited. Even when it comes to getting us riled up about our country when the hero upholds that Indian flag, it fills us with this pride about this intangible entity called India.
Over the past few years, a sub-genre of cool, patriotic films has emerged in Hindi cinema. A few filmmakers have turned the definitions of what makes for a good patriotic Indian around.
Here’s our list of the top Patriotic movies of Indian Cinema:
Uri is definitely the best patriotic movie that Bollywood has ever presented before its audience. The action scenes were awesome and not too realistic. The songs were damn good and Vicky Kaushal’s acting did wonders too. The thing which a movie must do is to generate emotions into the audience. Uri did that perfectly and our most favourite thing about Uri is the concept of “New India”. It will enter into the enemy territory and kill them. No mercy. That is what we need right now. How’s the Josh!
Lagaan is a fun film that narrates the story of how Indian farmers challenge British officers in a cricket match in order to protect their crops and ensure their livelihood. It’s entertaining, has lots of drama, and will keep you entertained throughout the film. Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Lagaan’ is not only an all-time classic, but the film also achieved history by being one of the top five films at the Oscars in the Foreign Language category. The film, starring Aamir Khan in the lead, generated strong patriotic sentiment without being jingoistic or preachy. The ending scene of the cricket match had all the hearts of Indians on the edge.
The historical drama directed by Raja Krishna Menon was based on the real-life evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. One of the first films to bring to the fore lead actor Akshay Kumar’s penchant for patriotic tales, it grossed Rs. 123 crore in box office collections. The film reached such heights due to its climax and it provided a soul-stirring patriotic effect. The ending scene with the waving flag touched every Indian's soul.
Rang De Basanti is the story of a few students from Delhi University who help a foreign lady film a patriotic film which opens up patriotic feelings in them. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ is considered an iconic patriotic saga for today’s youth. Starring an ensemble cast of Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth and Kunal Kapoor, the film succeeded in retelling Bhagat Singh and his comrades’ story in today’s era. The film’s highly positive reaction to the movie even surprised Mehra himself.
Featuring Alia Bhatt, Raazi narrates the chronicles of an Indian girl who goes on to become a spy for the love of her country. Vicky Kaushal plays one of the lead roles opposite to her in this film. An adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which is inspired by real events during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the film earned much praise besides Rs. 122 crore at the box office.