Liberty, When It Begins to Take Root, is A Plant of Rapid Growth: Happy Independence Day

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The most remarkable day for Indian and Indian history is 15th August. It was on this day that we bid adieu to our colonial rulers after 190 years from the Battle of Palassy. We celebrated this event in our own special way. Everyone had to wear something traditional that comprised of any one colour, of the tri-colurs represent in our national flag. We celebrate Independence day with the same vigour as we celebrate other festivals. Our cubicles represented little India. The theme was patriotic. We had these one minute games where whoever says the largest number of states or Indian rulers or National monuments or anything that was national or Indian data in short trivia of ONE MINUTE, won the game. The goodies were distributed to the best dressed male and female. This was followed by cake-cuting (you know it very well that Indians have a sweet tooth). The fiesta continued and we watched a patriotic movie together in office, Chakde (one of my favourite patriotic and non patriotic movie). Since many of us are movie buffs, we have listed a few you can watch on this day.

 Value Hits recommends Top Patriotic Films to watch of the 2000s on Independence day

 Lagaan (2001):

This movie highlights the Victorian era in India and revolves around the peasants who battle for removal of Lagaan with a cricket match. It was also nominated at the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay (1988)

Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002):

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a biographical film based on the life of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Although the film was not a hit at the Box Office, it did manage to sweep the National Awards and Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Movie.

 The Forgotten Hero (2005): Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose:

This film is directed by Shyam Benegal and depicts the last five years of Bose’s life during World War II. The film got nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 BAFTA Awards and was chosen as India’s official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. AR Rahman’s two soundtracks were nominated for the Academy Award.

 Chak De (2007):

What sets this movie apart is the good sense of humour and the deep patriotism reflected simultaneously. The story is about a former captain of the Indian hockey team, who after a disastrous loss to the Pakistani Hockey Team is shunned from the sport. After facing a lot of humiliation, he makes a come back after seven years and becomes the coach of the Indian women’s hockey team. He leads the women’s team to the Gold and restores his reputation.

 

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