Independence Day Special: 10 Movies Based On A True Story That Will Awaken Your Inner Patriot


Bollywood has over and over again made some brilliant movies based on stories from the battlefield. From the struggle for independence to wars with other countries, films have been made to show the glory of martyrs and the brutality of war.

Whether winning against another country or fighting internal battles to save our own, we have had movies like Border, Raazi, Uri and many more to move our souls and awaken the patriot within us. As we celebrate 75th Independence Day today, here are 10 movies that are sure to make you proud and hold your head high with patriotism. Have a look.

Frontier (1997)

Directer by JP Dutta, Border is a classic and one of the most viewed war movies in Indian cinema. Based on the Battle of Longewala, it covers the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

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Haqeeqat (1964)

This film was about the Sino-Indian War of 1962. It not only sheds light on the brutality of the war, but also on its aftermath. With a fictional depiction of events, the film follows a small platoon at war, chronicling their life and how the war impacted them.

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1971 (2007)

As the name suggests, this one also tells of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and tells the story of 6 prisoners of war and how they escape from the Pakistani army. It also shows the internal unrest in Pakistan when the east side wants to separate from the west.

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LOC Kargil (2003)

Based on the 1999 Operation Vijay, the film takes you into the life of soldiers fighting the war against Pakistani intruders who tried to strategically occupy the Kargil Sector. This is also the longest movie ever made with a duration of 255 minutes.

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Raazi (2018)

This takes you away from the war front and leads you to the life of a spy. Sehmat, marries in a Pakistani home to spy for his nation. Sacrifice and love for his country make Sehmat a forgotten hero.

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Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
This is a fictional dramatization of the true events of the 2016 Uri attack retaliation. This was a surgical strike by our military against four nearby terrorists who carried out grenade attacks near the town of Uri in Union territory. India from Jammu and Kashmir.

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The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Bhagat Singh is one of our Indian freedom fighters who will always be remembered for his eternal will to liberate India from the British Raj. This film takes you through his journey as a freedom fighter and chronicles the courageous acts he committed before being sentenced to death. He refused to bow down to the British and thus became a legend for later generations.

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Kesari (2019)

This follows the story of the Battle of Saragarhi which was fought between only 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikh of the British Army and 10,000 members of the Afridi and Orakzai Padhtun tribes in 1897. It is one of the most astonishing stories of bravery.

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Neerja (2016)

Another film that moves away from the war but awakens the patriot in you. Neerja Bhanot was an Indian flight attendant on Pan Am Flight 73 who was hijacked in 1986. Apart from active negotiations, she saved many lives and lost her own in the fight to keep all passengers safe. He was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra award.

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Shershaah (2021)

The story of Captain Vikram Batra, a brave-hearted young man who was responsible for India’s victory during Operation Vijay in 1999. This film also tells the story of an anonymous hero, Dimple Cheema, Batra’s fiancé who spent his life as a widow after being martyred in war.

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