India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day and there’s nothing but pride that fills our hearts. Bollywood has over the years churned out films that have made us fall in love with our motherland all over again. From Border, Roja, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Swades to Lagaan, Uri: The Surgical Strike and Sardar Udham, time and again Bollywood has retold the stories of freedom fighters and their heroic tales. Their stories have filled us with pride and patriotism and also made us introspect. Here’s a look at the five upcoming patriotic films releasing this year. Just like you, we can’t wait to watch them at the theatres.
GORKHA: We have seen Akshay Kumar in several patriotic films before and in director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s recent outing, Gorkha, he will essay the character of Major General Ian Cardozo, the war hero of the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army. Major General Ian Cardozo was a former Indian Army officer, who headed a battalion and a brigade despite being disabled. Major General Ian Cardozo is an amputee due to a war injury.
SAM BAHADUR: After essaying the character of Sardar Udham Singh, a freedom fighter from Punjab, Vicky Kaushal will step into the shoes of Sam Manekshaw, the Chief of the Army Staff during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War in Meghna Gulzar’s directorial Sam Bahadur. Manekshaw was the country’s first Field Marshal. The film also features the Dangal duo Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Shaikh. In Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham, he played the freedom fighter who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer in London to take revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Kaushal has also acted in a popular patriotic film Uri: The Surgical Strike, which bagged him the National Award. Sam Bahadur goes on the floor in March.
PIPPA: Based on The Burning Chaffees written by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, Pippa is a heroic tank battle film that underlines the bravery of the war veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, which led to the liberation of India’s neighbour Bangladesh. Christened as Pippa, the amphibious war tank involved in the victory is akin to an empty ghee dabba that smoothly floats on water. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, war drama Pippa features Ishaan Khatter in the lead role along with Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan. The film’s title has been derived from the war tank – PT-76, popularly known as Pippa. If everything goes according to plan, Pippa will hit theatres on December 9, 2022.
TEJAS: National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut’s next film Tejas is an “ode to the Indian Air Force”. Directed by Sarvesh Mewara, the film is an “inspiring story of a woman who chose to rule the skies.” The actress will be seen in the role of a fighter pilot in the film, which releases on October 5, 2022. Tejas takes inspiration from the landmark event in the history of the Indian Air Force, which became the country’s first defence force to induct women into combat roles in 2016.
ATTACK: John Abraham is back to what he does best: a man on a mission to save the country. But this time, there’s a difference. He is a super-soldier. Yes, the film written and directed by Lakshya Raj Anand relies heavily on technology and shows John as a soldier using artificial intelligence to take care of the hostage situation. The film was supposed to hit theatres on January 28 on the occasion of Republic Day. However, due to the third wave of Covid-19, the release of the film has been postponed. Attack also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh, Ratna Pathak Shah and Prakash Raj.