We all need some inspiration at times, right? Especially when life is giving you lemons. While tragedy may make us feel related to Devdas or Anand, URI or LOC Kargil make us swell with pride as they highlight the heroes, our soldiers who protect the people with them being oblivious of their struggles: Some celebrated, some unsung of.
Yes, you guessed it right. When you doubt yourself, nothing else could give you the perfect dose of inspiration than a movie showcasing our warriors, the glory of the night in the spotlight.
From peace times to front lines, from coming home to left-behinds, we bring to you a list of few good movies in Bollywood based on the Indian Army.
Directed by Farhan Akhtar and starring Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Om Puri, it tells us about the story of a military officer who takes his squad for victory over the Pakistani military forces. On the backdrop of this film is the story of a boy who is looking for his fate. The film showcases discipline, strength and the will to achieve success with Hrithik as the protagonist.
Another Bollywood film based on the Indo-Pak war of 1971, is an all-time blockbuster. Directed by J.P Dutta and star cast like Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Jackie Shroff, and Tabu, the film focuses on the life of the army officers and their families with the war.
LOC Kargil (2003)
LOC Kargil is a Bollywood war film based on the battle of Kargil fought between India and Pakistan. Directed by JP Dutta, the film stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Nagarjuna, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty who portray the historical Kargil War brilliantly and which also serves as a testimony to the glory of the Indian Army.
The Ghazi Attack (2017)
Directed by Sankalp Reddy, and starring Kay Kay Menon and Taaapse Pannu, this film is the story of a naval crew, who searched and intercepted Pakistani submarine-PNS Ghazi during his regular surveillance in 1971. They went ahead to fight and destroy their mission of destroying INS Vikrant.
Shaurya is a Bollywood military movie directed by Samar Khan. The cast includes Rahul Bose, KK Menon, Javed Jafri and Minissha Lamba. The story of the film is based on the court-martial of an Indian army’s Muslim officer, who is accused of killing his commanding officer.
URI: The Surgical Strike (2019)
The latest entry in the list is the filmw URI – The surgical strike. Based on the 2016 Surgical Strike by the Indian Army, this film prepares you to go to the hymn singing the national anthem and makes you stand taller on your head.
Tango Charlie (2005)
With tagline – “Not all battles are fought in the field of battle”, the anti-war film Bollywood film is directed by Manishankar. The film star cast includes Bobby Deol, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Tanisha, Nandana Sen and Sudesh Barry. The film is based on Army Tarun Chauhan, who is commencing his journey with new recruitment for one of the country’s most courageous war soldiers.
Holiday : A Solider Never Off Duty (2014)
The holiday is a film that actually reflects the life of an army officer. The movie revolves around a soldier, who goes on a holiday and accidentally collided with a terrorist planning a series of explosions in Mumbai. Then, during his vacation, he gathers his team to protect the city.
Parmanu : The Story Of Pokhran (2018)
As the name suggests, Paramunu based on the nuclear bomb test blasts conducted by the Indian Army in 1998. This operation was done ensuring that American intelligence did not learn about it, even in real life.
Although it can not be called a war film, but Raji is like any other film about patriotism. It revolves around a girl named Sehamat, who had married in the Pakistani family right before the 1971 Indo-Pak war. This movie is before the events of The Gazi attack.
While some depictions of war are pure, fantastic spectacles designed to wow audiences with big explosions and chunky men wearing ripped costume fatigues, the best war movies tend to be more serious affairs that deal with the horror and humanity of battle.
As said aptly, “Not all battles are fought on the battlefield”,
These movies are bound to prepare you for the battles in your own world and give you the cushion to fall back upon when in distress.
Please do let us know if we’ve missed out on any other movie in this myriad of bravery and inspiration.