How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done – Mahatma Gandhi.
It’s that time of the year, when we reminisce of our brave freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives, so that we could live in a free country. This Independence Day, while you pay tribute to our martyrs, you can watch any of the below films that are sure to give you goosebumps.
By employing non violent civil disobedience, Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Starring Ben Kingsley, the film ‘Gandhi’ was released in 1982. This British-Indian biographical film depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It covers the events from 1893, when he was thrown off a South African train for travelling in a whites-only compartment, and ends with his assassination and funeral in 1948.
2. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The forgotten Hero
“Tum Muje Khoon Do, Main Tumhe Aazaadi Dunga” was the famous slogan of Subhash Chandra Bose. Founder of 'Azad Hind Fauj', Subhash Chandra Bose’s defiant patriotism made him a hero in India. The iconic role of this great freedom fighter was performed by actor Sachin Khedekar. Released in 2004, this film shows how Netaji gave up the post of president of the Indian National Congress. He heads to Europe and meets Hitler to ask for his support. He forms the Indian National Army with the support of Japan which helps India achieve its independence.
3. Mangal Pandey: The Rising
A new type of bullet cartridge was introduced by the British that was plugged in the Bengal Army in 1857. These cartridges, believed to be lubricated with animal fat (pigs and cows) had to be nibbled at one end prior to use. This instigated Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier, to attack the the British officers which led to the First War of Indian Independence in 1857. In this epic film, Aamir Khan brilliantly performed the role of Mangal Pandey.
4. Rang De Basanti
This epic film starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten was a Bollywood blockbuster. The story revolves around a British filmmaker who wants to cast a group of friends in a film, she's making about freedom fighters under British rule. It shows how the tragic demise of their friend, Flight Lt Abhijit Gadgil awakens their patriotism. Indian freedom fighters depicted in this film include Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Rajguru, Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan.
An Indian barrister and statesman, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the leader of the Indian National Congress. He was a founding father of the Republic of India who played a crucial role in the country's struggle for independence. He led the Satyagraha movement across Gujarat. The film ‘Sardar’ portrays the life of this "Iron Man of India."Actor Paresh Rawal is seen in the lead role of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
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