India has an inspiring history of freedom struggles and the nation had produced a lot of powerful leaders that took part in it. With Independence day just around the corner, we are presenting this list of some best patriotic movies that you should have on your watch-list.

1. Legend of Bhagat Singh, 2002


This Ajay Devgan starrer is directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and it bagged two National Awards for best featured film in Hindi and three Filmfare Awards followed by Filmfare Critics Award for best movie with Ajay Devgan winning a National award for best actor. This film is primarily based on the British rule and the rebellious freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s struggle for independence. Maestro A.R. Rahman’s music and background score are added plus points in this film.

2. Gandhi, 1982


Gandhi is a biographical film that depicts the story of Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This film won 8 Academy awards and 5 Golden globes including Best Director for Richard Attenborough, Best film and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley.Ironically, the lead actor Ben Kingsley, who is originally an English actor, is from a Gujarati family. Mahatma Gandhi was born in Porbander, Gujarat.

3. Shaheed, 1965


Shaheed was first of the legendary actor Manoj Kumar’s series of patriotic films, followed by Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim and Kranti. And it is also one of the most prominent movies based on the Indian freedom struggle. The film has a lot of awards to its name including a National award.

4. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, 2010


This Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone starrer flick was directed by ace film maker Ashutosh Gowariker who also directed Lagaan, Swades, Jodhaa Akbar. Ashutosh is one of the voting members for Academy Awards since 2005. This film, based on The Chittagong uprising against the British rule in 1930, is a must watch.

5. Mangal Pandey:The Rising, 2005


The international title for this film is The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey and this is Aamir Khan’s comeback film after Dil Chahta Hain. The movie was initially a hit but the Box Office collections showed a dip eventually. However, this A.R.Rahman musical is a must watch.

6. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, 2004


This biographical war film shows the life of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra Bose in Nazi Germany, 1941–1943 and in Japanese-occupied Asia, 1943–1945. With Sachin Khedekar as the lead actor, the A.R.Rahman musical bagged two National awards and the music is considered one of the finest works by Rahman.

7. Alluri Seetarama Raju, 1974


This historical film is made in Telugu and it is based on the life of Alluri Sitarama Raju, an Indian revolutionary who is known for the Rampa Rebellion of 1922-24. This was Superstar Ghattamaneni Krishna’s 100th film and South India’s first Cinemascope film. The film won the National Award for Best Lyrics by the legendary lyricist Srirangam Srinivasa Rao (Sri Sri). The film was the highest grossing Telugu film for that year.

8. Chittagong, 2012


This film, though a little underrated, had some really talented artists like Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkummar Rao, Resul Pookutty and the popular music trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy working for it. Also based on the Chittagong Uprising, the debut director Bedabrata Pain won a National award for Best Debut Film of a Director.

9. Kaalapani, 1996


This film is about the lives of prisoners in British India who are brought to the Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Starring Mohanlal, Prabhu Ganesan, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Music by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, Cinematography by the legendary Santosh Sivan, Kaalapani is said to be one of the evergreen classics of the Malayalam cinema. Made with a budget of Rs. 5 crore, Kaalapani was the costliest Malayalam film until 1996.

10. Shaheed Udham Singh, 2000


This patriotic flick was released in 2000 and it is based on the life of Shaheed Udham Singh who spent his whole life to punish the famous Michael O’Dwyer, the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, who ordered the massacre of a thousand people at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. This movie had some prominent actors like Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha, Amrish Puri and Juhi Chawla working for it.

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