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 based on Indian army.
Karan Shergill has no aim in his life when one of his friends decides to apply for India Army Karan too decides to join without his parent’s approval. Karan can’t take the tough training and runs away from the camp.
His girlfriend Romi breaks up with him for not respecting his decision and taking life seriously. Karan decides to go back to the camp and face whatever punishment for running away from the camp and now his only wish is to serve the country.
Based on the 1971 Indo-Pak war in the Longelwala region of Punjab which consisted of about 120 -150 Indian soldiers with war jets while the Pakistani army was huge of about 2000 soldiers with war tanks arms and ammunition. Indian Air force also played a major part in the historic win.
The Ghazi Attack (2017)
The Indian intelligence receives information about Pakistani army planning an underwater attack on the Submarine S21 with much advanced Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi led by commander Razzak Khan by Bay Of Bengal.
Capt Ranvijay Singh believes that they should track Ghazi and attack it. But Lieutenant Arjun Verma objects to this and asks LT Commander Santosh Devraj to conduct a drill to attack Ghazi.
Captain Javed Khan an army officer is to be court-martialed for killing a fellow officer Major Virendra Singh Rathore. Two best friends and army lawyers Siddanth Chaudhry is appointed as a defense lawyer and Aakash Kapoor as prosecuting lawyer for the case creating a rift between the friends.
A case that has many loopholes, Siddarth finds a vital clue that Major Rathore and Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh have numerous complaints of Human rights against them.
URI: The Surgical Strike (2019)
Vihaan Shergill opts for early retirement to be with his ailing mother. But is given a desk job in Delhi. On September 19, 2016, heavy-armed militants attack the URI camp in Jammu and Kashmir killing 19 soldiers including his friend Karan who was married to his sister.
Nation Security Advisor Govind Bhardwaj suggests a surgical strike and Prime Minister gives 10 days for the strike. Vihaan leaves his desk job and asks to recruit him into the surgical team.
Holiday : A Solider Never Off Duty (2014)
Captain Virat Bakshi returns home for holiday and comes across a terrorist who is a member of a sleeper cell gang. After attending the wedding of his fellow officer Joel, Virat briefs his team to follow his instructions. As per the plan, his team of 12 army officers is behind 12 sleeper cells. Virat orders them to shoot at once, thus saving the city of Mumbai from a big terrorist attack.
Parmanu : The Story Of Pokhran (2018)
Captain Ashwat Rana wants to turn India in a nuclear state but faces criticism. Years later he finds support in government and conducts his test series, the only problem they face is a threat from America warning India to conduct such tests, But the patriotic feelings within Ashwath and his team help to conduct the test successfully.
An inspiration to Lakshya 2004. Angad is confused about his career and is caught between the marital problems of his parents. Being the elder son he adopted the Sikh religion and worn a turban. Angad decides to become an air force pilot even though he is afraid of flying.
Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)
The directorial debut of Nana Patekar. Peter D’Souza joins the Indian army against the wishes of his family. Peter is trained under strict officer Major Chouhan at a point he decides to leave the army for strict training but later copes up.
During a rescue operation, Peter loses his legs and returns home. A few months later Major Chouhan gets invite for his wedding. But upon reaching finds that Peter is dead. He fought like a true soldier until his last breath against injustice happening around him.
The film begins in 1977, six years after the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. Where Indian soldiers had shown support towards liberation with the pretext of Indira Gandhi. Six Indian soldiers, prisoners of War manage to escape from Pakistan by risking their lives to reach back to their motherland.
General Dong is a dictator in Dongrila and carrying out his terrorist activities in India through Indian agents. Major Krishna Rao plans a mission to capture Dong along with his army officers Rakesh, Javed, Ranvir, and Anju.
But his mission will be incomplete without court-martialed officer Dharam Singh. After convincing a lot Dharam Singh joins the mission and further leads it. Krishna Rao Martyrs his life against Dong’s army to save his team.
Two friends Saand and Nawaab as a film project take a subject of “Why not join the Indian army”. They meet a journalist Akash Sarin who covered the war-stricken area of Kargil and met three army officers Hawaldar Balkar Singh, Captain Dhananjay Shergill, and Lt Sahil Naqvi. They gave him letters to deliver to their family if their life is sacrificed in war.
As all the three officers are martyred Akash gives their letters to Saand and Nawaab to deliver it to their families. It’s during this journey they will experience the life of a soldier on the border and his family.
Lieutenant Suraj Dutt successfully stops an arm dealing on the border. He soon takes leave and goes to meet his sister Mini where he comes across Alka. Alka and Sooraj soon fall in love and get married. Suraj leaves back to join the army and promises to return for Mini’s wedding. But his family members receive news of his death on separate occasions and they hide the news from each other.
JP Dutta tried to create the magic of Border 1997 again after 21 years. But this time with the background of 1967 Nathu La and Cho La clashes along the Sikkim border after 1962 Sino-Indian War.
Tango Charlie (2005)
In the war-stricken Kashmir Valley, two Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore and Flight Lieutenant Shezad Khan find a grievously injured soldier assumed to be dead is alive. He is Tarun Chouhan a BSF soldier.
LOC Kargil (2003)
One of the biggest multi-starrer war films which had almost 32 actors playing the lead role. Based on the 1999 Kargil War, the film failed to create the previous magic of JP Dutta’s Border 1997.
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 movies based on indian army tend to be more serious affairs that deal with the horror and humanity of battle.
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. Your turn! Please do let us know if we’ve missed out on any other movie in this myriad of bravery and inspiration.