Independence Day movie premieres in the last 20 years


‘Dil Chahta Hai’ to ‘Gold’, IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years (Photo credit: Imdb)

August 15 marks the 75th anniversary of India as a sovereign nation. A national holiday, where many films from all over Indian cinema have been released at the box office for decades. We remember all the Indian movies that were released the week before Independence Day, in the last 20 years. Movies released before 2021 have at least 500 votes and are arranged chronologically.

IMDb puts together a list of movies that premiered in the week leading up to Independence Day, from big-budget blockbusters to cult favorites that you may have missed in the last two decades. What movie release dates surprise you?

You can see the full list here – Independence Day Releases 2001-2021 – IMDb

The highlights include:

Dil Chahta Hai (2001) – IMDb rating of 8.1

This Aamir Khan-Saif Ali Khan-Akshaye Khanna protagonist, starring 3 friends fresh out of college, celebrated friendship, immortalized Goa holidays, and realistically portrayed the challenges of failing in love. Did you know Did this epic friendship story really come on Independence Day?

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb Looks Back at I'Day Movie Releases Over the Past 20 Years!
Dil chahta hai

Athadu (2005) – IMDb rating of 8.2

This movie is based on a professional assassin who is hired to fake the murder of a politician. However, when the politician is assassinated and framed for his murder, he adopts the identity of a dead man to escape the law.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb Looks Back at I'Day Movie Releases Over the Past 20 Years!
Athadu

Kuruthi (2021) – IMDb rating of 8.1

Kuruthi, an Indian-Malayalam action thriller released on August 11, 2021, is about how enduring human relationships struggle to survive the tests of hatred and prejudice. It’s the Independence Day bonanza this year!

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Kuruthiz

Chak De! India (2007) – IMDb rating of 8.2

Kabir Khan, the coach of the Indian National Women’s Hockey Team, dreams of making his women’s hockey team emerge victorious against all odds. Hands down, this is one of the perfect Independence Day throws.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Every two! India

Peepli Live (2010) – IMDb rating of 7.4

This Aamir Khan production was a satire on the suicides of farmers in India. In the film, the threat of an impoverished farmer to end his life attracts the attention of politicians and the media in the small town of Peepli.

Available to stream on Netflix

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Peepli Live

Aarakshan (2011) – IMDb rating of 6.2

Aarakshan, launched on an Independence Day, was established in the context of the reserve quota in the Indian education system. It explores the issue of caste-based reservation in employment and education, which causes conflict between a teacher and his mentor.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Aarakshan

Gold (2018) – IMDb rating of 7.3

Gold is based on the journey of India’s first national hockey team to the Olympics. It stars Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das, the man who won India its first gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Indeed, an Independence Day gift!

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Gold

Bommarillu (2006) – IMDb rating of 8.2

Bommarillu is a Telugu romantic comedy where an overprotective father plans to marry his son off to a rich girl. The young man’s life takes a turn when he realizes that he has to reject his overbearing father if he wants to find true happiness and love.

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Bommarillu

Evaru (2019) – IMDb rating of 8.2

Deputy Inspector Vikram Vasudev is entrusted with the task of investigating the murder of a high-ranking officer who was killed by his alleged rape victim. When he delves into the case, he discovers some surprising facts.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Evaru

Toilet: EK Prem Katha (2017) – IMDb rating of 7.2

A woman threatens to leave her husband unless he installs a bathroom in their house. To regain their love and respect, he goes on a journey to fight against social norms.

Available to stream on Netflix

'Dil Chahta Hai' to 'Gold', IMDb looks back at Independence Day movie releases over the past 20 years!
Bathroom: EK Prem Katha

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