Movies to awaken the patriotic spirit in you

Jon Tyson

Movies can truly change the world. In a world which churns out think-pieces, podcasts, extensive videos by the minute, a well-made film with its audio-visual elements, can have a greater impact than any other source of media. Even when it comes to getting us riled up about our country when the hero upholds that Indian flag, it fills us with this pride about this intangible entity called India. As Independence Day nears, Wedding Affair brings to you 7 films that will awaken the patriotic spirit in you.


As this film’s heart beats with Patriotism, Parmanu takes you on a journey of how India carried out the successful nuclear testing in Pokhran in 1998.  If you sit back and watch the film, you would feel proud of the achievements of our army and the nation’s scientists. The film tells you that you should never lose hope on yourself and each other together as one Nation.


Lagaan Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Lagaan’ is not only an all time classic, the film achieved history by being one of the top five films at the Oscars in the Foreign Language category. The film, starring Aamir Khan in the lead, generated strong patriotic sentiment without being jingoistic or preachy. ‘Lagaan’ also achieved a rare feat of turning a cinema hall into a cricket stadium through a nail-biting cricket match.

Purab Aur Paschim

Think of patriotic films and the first name that comes to our minds, as far as Hindi cinema is concerned, is Manoj Kumar. The actor was the first one to become synonymous with such genre of films. For this reason, he derived the nickname ‘Bharat’. ‘Purab Aur Paschim’. Which he also directed, remains one of his most loved nationalistic sagas. More so because of the song ‘Hai preet jahan ki reet sada’. This one is a gem.


‘Border’ remains J P Dutta’s finest and most successful works till date. Based on the India-Pakistan war of 1971. The film stars Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna among a host of other actors. The film not only succeeded in igniting patriotic spark among Indians. It also gave an anti-war message in the end. This one will have your hearts beating fast and the love for your country growing manifolds. 

Rang De Basanti

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ is considered an iconic patriotic saga for today’s youth. Starring an ensemble cast of Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth and Kunal Kapoor, the film succeeded in retelling Bhagat Singh and his comrades’ story in today’s era. The film’s highly positive reaction to the movie even surprised Mehra himself.

The Legend Of Bhagat Singh

Although Bollywood has seen a host of films based on Bhagat Singh, this one manages to stand apart. Director Rajkumar Santoshi and writer Abhijat Joshi tried a commercial way of narrating the story of martyrs and it paid off. Starring Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh and D Santosh. ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’ might not have earned much accolades at the box-office, it continues to be one of the most loved patriotic films of the modern era.


Raja Krishna Menon’s ‘Airlift’ is the latest addition to the list of well-made patriotic films. The Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur-starrer has instantly found acceptance from cinegoers. The film recreates Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and how 1 lakh 70 thousand Indians were evacuated by air back to India. In what remains the biggest human air evacuation ever.  As a result, the film reaches such heights due to its climax and provides a soul-stirring patriotic effect.
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