A good number of movies have been made on the freedom struggle that India and its people went through, and while some of the events were recorded, others were not. Some of the known personalities have had movies made about them and their efforts in the struggle to free the country from the British rule, but some remained unknown for their deeds. Post-Independence, movies about the heroic efforts of the armed forces and the common man too have been made. So as India celebrates its Republic Day, we take a look at some of the patriotic Hindi movies.

There are a good number of movies that have been created, like Lagaan, Lakshya, Swades, Chak De! India, A Wednesday!, D-Day, Border, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Rang De Basanti, 1971, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, The Ghazi Attack, Uri: The Surgical Strike, to name a few.

LAGAAN

Starring Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne, the historical sports film, was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, produced by Aamir Khan and written by Gowariker and Abbas Tyrewala. Set in the Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj, the story tells about how inhabitants of a small village, who are burdened by taxes, were challenged by a British officer to a game of cricket. The catch was that if they won, they would not have to pay the taxes for 3 years.

LAKSHYA

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles, the 2004 war-drama was about an aimless young man who joins the Indian Army and finds his purpose. It was set against a fictionalized backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War. It was directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani.

SWADES

The 2004 film was written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, and is based on the true-life story of a Non-resident Indian (NRI) man who returns to his homeland. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal in leading roles, with Daya Shankar Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Lekh Tandon appearing in supporting role and Makrand Deshpande in a special appearance.

THE GHAZI ATTACK

Based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, The Ghazi Attack is a 2017 war movie written and directed by Sankalp Reddy. The film starred Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Om Puri, Kay Kay Menon, and Atul Kulkarni.

THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH

The 2002 historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a socialist revolutionary who fought for Indian independence along with fellow members of the Hindustan Republic Association, was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film starred Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, and Akhilendra Mishra as the lead characters, with Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal and Amrita Rao in supporting roles.

CHAK DE! INDIA

The 2007 sports film tells a fictional story about the Indian women’s national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the team’s win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It was directed by Shimit Amin, produced by Aditya Chopra and starred actor Shah Rukh Khan.

URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE

A dramatised account of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack, the movie was written and directed by Aditya Dhar, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP Movies. It had Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, and Yami Gautam in lead roles.

India gained its independence from the British on August 15, 1947, and the process of preparing a constitution was started. The Constitution was adopted on January 26, 1950.