Bollywood has been making movies inspired from the historical stories from its beginning and one among them is the great Independence story. Everything from the colonial rule to state of affairs of India after Independence, has been showcased on the big screen by various directors. Independence Day has always been celebrated in the country every year with great respect to the freedom fighters and the struggle they went through to attain it.

Here is a list of 5 movies about the Independence struggle where Bollywood showed its patriotic touch:

Rang De Basanti (2006)

Rang De Basanti is youthful drama that showcased the essence of rebellion against the British anarchy. This is one of the movies in Bollywood that awakens patriotic feel among people. Starring some of the known figures of the Bollywood movies, Rang De Basanti still brings out a feeling of pride towards one’s country. Although it is the non-violence tactic that got us the freedom we enjoy today, this Aamir Khan starrer shows the important role played by rebellious youth of the per-independence time.

Airlift (2016)

Akshay Kumar has seldom shied away from making films concerning the nation and this one is the glaring proof. The true story of Ranjit Katiyal (Akki), an Indian businessman, leads a happy and successful life in Kuwait with his family. However, when Iraq invades Kuwait, he decides to risk his life to save his stranded countrymen in the most spectacular way imaginable.

Chak De! India (2007)

One of Shah Rukh Khan’s best films, Chak De! is a story of redeeming oneself, and in the process, portray the love you have for your nation. Here, Kabir Khan (SRK), a former hockey star, tainted as someone who betrayed his country, begins coaching the Indian women’s national hockey team to prove his loyalty to the nation. This film is one that will have keep you on the edge of your seat!

Lagaan (2001)

The film that came closest to winning the most prestigious prize in world cinema, the Oscars. Aamir Khan’s classic was one indeed one of the best Bollywood releases of the century. Now, we realise the film wasn’t more about patriotism, but just with an important game of cricket, it did encapsulate the freedom struggle that India faced, and the tyranny of the British rule.

Swades (2004)

Arguably the best Shah Rukh Khan film there is. This film had layers of depth, with beautiful cinematography and screenplay coupled with a deeply engrossing storyline of a successful Indian scientist who returns to his old Indian village to take his nanny to back to the United States of America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.