2019 has been particularly exciting when it comes to films with patriotic theme. Uri – The Surgical Strike, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, Romeo Akbar Walter, The Tashkent Files are some such films that have brought to fore patriotism on screen. There are many more lined up in year to come as well, while in the past too there have been films exploring this theme.
What makes some of these films special is the fact that these have the country’s name right in the title itself, what with ‘India’ and ‘Hindustan’ finding prominence. Let’s take a look.
Bharat – It’s as plain and simple as this when it comes to the title of Salman Khan’s next. A film that features the superstar across different age group, right from younger days to the older times, this one by director Ali Abbas Zafar is expected to be one of the most special films of the actors to be arriving this Eid.
India‘s Most Wanted
This Friday, Arjun Kapoor would be seen as a cop in India‘s Most Wanted which is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film is expected to be a dramatic thriller with the pitch around hunting for India’s own Osama. The trailer has made an impact and now it has to be seen how the overall film turns out to be. This one marks Arjun’s foray into patriotism.
Bhuj: The Pride Of India
Ajay Devgn has been associated with quite a few patriotic films ever since he started his career more than a couple of decades ago. Now he is already gearing up for Bhuj: The Pride of India which has him enact the part of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The film is set for releases next year.
Why Cheat India
Emraan Hashmi starrer Why Cheat India aimed to expose the nexus that plays around the education system in the country, especially when it comes to the entrance exams. Though the theme of the film was exciting, the narrative wasn’t consistently engaging as a result of which Why Cheat India failed to strike a chord with the audiences.
Chak De! India
One of the best patriotic films coming out of Bollywood that had this core theme seamlessly integrated into sports, Chak De! India stays on to be a milestone in the career of Shah Rukh Khan. There was a lot of entertainment that filmmaker Shimit Amin brought to fore for the audiences and such is the recall value of the film that it plays on till date.
Back in time when Sunny Deol was a force to reckon with, he followed up the All Time Blockbuster success of Gadar – Ek Prem Katha with Indian. The film had him play the part of a cop who was a patriotic at heart and took on anything and everything that was corrupt or anti-national. Indian was a good ‘masala’ entertainer and had emerged as a good commercial success.
Hindustani and Hindustani 2
Kamal Haasan paired up with director Shankar for Hindustani (dubbed version of Tamil flick Indian) and delivered a terrific ‘masala’ entertainer. In the double role of a patriotic nationalist and his corrupt son, Kamal Haasan was terrific in Hindustani. Now more than a couple of decades down the line, the film’s sequel has been announced too, though it is yet to go on floors.
Hindustan Ki Kasam
Not many would know but back then when Ajay Devgn had paired up with Amitabh Bachchan for Hindustan Ki Kasam, the film had smashed all records for the best opening day in the history of Bollywood. Though the film, which was directed by Ajay’s dad Veeru Devgan, didn’t sustain at the Box Office, it still did well enough to emerge as a success. Ajay was in a double role.
A good hearted poor man falls in love with an endearing rich girl – that was the core plot of Dharmesh Darshan’s Raja Hindustani which stays on to be one of the biggest romantic Blockbusters of all times. This one didn’t have anything patriotic out there. However, as a title, Raja Hindustani worked well for the masses who found connect in Aamir Khan‘s character.
When Shekhar Kapoor put together Mr. India, the idea was to make an entertainer and not something that propagated any on-your-face patriotism. In that aspect, the film worked big time because even though Anil Kapoor‘s character took on Amrish Puri’s villainous part of Mogambo (which wanted to take over the world), there were no overt cries of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.