We are right around the corner of yet another Independence Day—a time when the whole country wears their patriotic best. From patriotism to romance to comedy, Bollywood has always created the best on the topic. This Independence Day, we take a look at some of the movies on Indo-Pak relationships which has influenced the millennials.

This Independence Day, we take a look at eight of the most popular new and old movies on Indo-Pak relationships that have influenced us in ways unimaginable.

1. Earth (1998)


Directed by Deepa Mehta, “Earth” revolves around the lives of a few friends in Lahore during the partition. In the backdrop of history, it’s also a love story. The movie was India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

2. Train to Pakistan (1998)


Based on a novel by Khushwant Singh, “Train to Pakistan” is set during the partition period. The story develops in a village on the border of India and Pakistan, where Sikhs and Muslims live. The events following the arrival of a train from Pakistan, with dead bodies, forms the plot. The movie was directed by Pamela Rooks.

3. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)


Directed by Anil Sharma, the movie is said to have loosely based on the real life of Boota Singh, a Sikh soldier who married a Muslim girl, whom he rescued during the communal riots. A love story set against the backdrop of partition, “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” had Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel in lead roles.

4. Pinjar (2003)


Based on a Punjabi novel written by Amrita Pritam, “Pinjar” revolves around the life of a Hindu girl, Puro and her relationship with the Muslim man who kidnapped her, Rashid. Urmila Matondkar plays the central character, Puro.

5. Veer Zara (2004)


Bollywood created their magic on the partition when Yash Chopra directed the multi-starrer, “Veer Zara.” A love story between a Pakistani girl and an Indian boy, who is wrongly accused and imprisoned, the movie has Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in lead roles. The movie went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film that year.

6. Filmistaan (2014)


Directed by Nitin Kakkar, “Filmistaan” is a comedy movie revolving around the life of a wanna-be-actor Sunny. When he is kidnapped by Pakistanis instead of their original target, they realize they have one thing in common, love for cinema.

7. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)


For a change, Kabir Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was not about a Pakistani or Indian boy or girl falling in love. It was about a Pakistani child getting lost and an Indian man helping her find the way. The movie had Salman Khan and child artist Harshaali Malhotra in the lead roles.

8. Sarbjit (2015)


Directed by Omung Kumar, “Sarbjit” revolves around the life of an Indian, who is wrongly accused and imprisoned in Pakistan, and his sister’s perseverance to prove his innocence. While Randeep Hooda essays the title role, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays his sister.