Rang De Basanti: The film that brought candlelight marches by youth in fashion, Rakeysh Mehra's Rang De Basanti found as many takers as critics. However, no one can deny the fact that it gave the nation, and its youth, at which the film was primarily aimed, plenty to think about.
Lagaan: The concept of Lagaan seemed too unrealistic to be successful. The genius of Ashutosh Gowariker and Aamir Khan, however, blended cricket with patriotism in perfect harmony, and the result was a memorable film that remains among the best in Indian cinema in recent times.
Swades: Again a film that makes you feel proud to be an Indian. SRK, who has a high-paying job as a scientist at NASA, leaves it all in the end, so that he can do something for his poor village back in India. The superstar underplayed his part brilliantly in the film, and proved he can do more that just portraying the affable romantic hero.
Chak De India: Among Shah Rukh Khan's finest performances, Chak De India revolved around a hockey coach and his women's team, which overcome plenty of obstacles and stereotypes en route to glory. The film brought our national game into focus, albeit briefly.
A Wednesday: Naseeruddin Shah displays the frustrations and tribulations of the common man, suffering from numerous terror attacks and lacking a basic sense of security, with utmost conviction. A relevant watch in today's times.
Lage Raho Munnabhai: If Gandhi was back in vogue for a brief while, thank Sanjay Dutt and Rajkumar Hirani. Lage Raho demonstrated how Gandhiji's values are relevant in modern times without ever being preachy.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Based on the life of athlete Milkha Singh who was a national champion runner and an Olympian, this film by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra starring Farhan Akhtar was a patriotic tribute to Milkha Singh. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and was touted as a near-flawless homage to the flying spirit of India's greatest runner.
D-Day: Set against the backdrop of Indian politics, the film narrated a story of RAW agents attempting to nab India's most wanted D-Company syndicate leader.
Namastey London: The Vipul Shah film seems inspired by Manoj Kumar's classic patriotic flicks, but was modified keeping today's audiences in mind. Namastey London focuses on Indians being born abroad and how they forget their roots. The issues are dealt with in an admirable manner.
Lakshya: The film lacked a great script, but Hrithik Roshan's portrayal of a soldier, who transforms himself from aimless youth to leader of his troop, is a wonderful story of liberation.
Patiala House: Born and brought up in England, Akshay Kumar's character in the film dreams of playing cricket for the country he lives in. But obviously, he faces a number of hindrances, most of all from his father, and overcomes all in the end. Patiala House is a tribute to Indians living abroad, who haven't forgotten their values and rich heritage.
No One Killed Jessica: Yes, the film was a political crime thriller, but the underlying message was that of standing up and fighting for the truth. No One Killed Jessica reiterated that, even six decades after independence, we are still fighting for freedom.
As India celebrates 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019, here's a look at Bollywood films that pay tribute to the unwavering spirit of Indians!
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