Independence Day: Biopics in Bollywood made on national leaders

Over the years, Bollywood filmmakers have paid a tribute to many national leaders and freedom fighters through their work on fiction, and these films have also impressed the audience across the globe. Here are some films you should consider watching.

Independence Day: Biopics in Bollywood made on national leaders

Bollywood and other film industries across the country have ensured that portray their love for the country, national personalities, and freedom fighters, through their work of art. The filmmakers, in their own special yet fictional way, have shown their respect, over the years. Be it Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi or any other personality, eminent names from the film industry has delivered their work, with the best of their capability. This Independence Day, let's recollect the films made on these eminent leaders. Here are the ones you should consider watching.

Veer Savarkar

Produced by Savarkar Darshan Prathisthan, under the leadership of Sudhir Phadke, the film of leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar released in 2001. As per the reports, the film was made from the donations and funds received, and it is said that many people even contributed their money by selling their jewellery. Shailendra Gaur played the lead in the story of the unsung hero.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

It is well known that the constitution of India was framed by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, but unfortunately, not many people know about the struggle. Shedding light on the same and his journey is the film by Jabbar Patel. The film released in 2000 and starred popular actor Mammootty, who also won a national award for the same.

Mahatma Gandhi

Many films in India have focussed on Gandhian principles and his teachings. But one film which made a mark many decades back is Gandhi. Made in 1982, this film on the father of our nation showed a detailed story about his life, struggle and more. Made by Richard Attenborough, this oscar-nominated film starred Ben Kingsley in the lead role. As per reports, it was made a budget of $22 million but collected around $127 million at the box office.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Popularly known as the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played an integral part in the country's freedom struggle. The 1994 film made by Ketan Mehta starring Paresh Rawal revolved around his life, participation and role in India’s freedom fight, and the initiatives behind the states of India. Produced by Mivar Patel, the film was also felicitated with the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

Shaheed Udham Singh

One of the most brutal incidents of the country, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, shook the entire nation, as many lost their lives, unfortunately. With an aim to take the revenge, Udham Singh decided to kill the British Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, Michael O’Dwyer, who had sent the orders for the massacre. The film Shaheed Udham Singh focuses on the same, and stars veteran actor Raj Babbar in the lead role. This is the only film in Indian cinema, made on the leader and also stars Juhi Chawla.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Many say that he is the forgotten hero of the country, but what he did for the motherland, moved many. The film focuses on the founder of the Azad Hind Fauj and focuses on the same aspect. Directed by Shyam Benegal, this 2004 film stars Sachin Khedekar in the titular role, and he is supported by  Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Divya Dutta and many others. Made on a budget of 21 crores, the film was given the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Besides this, Ekta Kapoor's OTT platform, AltBalaji also has a show on this national hero, which stars Rajkummar Rao in the lead role.

Bhagat Singh

If Bollywood filmmakers have paid tribute to one leader, through many films, then it would be Bhagat Singh. This freedom fighter’s story has made a mark on the silver screen several times, and actors like Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Bobby Deol or Ajay Devgan have played the titular role, showcasing the spirit of 'Inquilab Zindabad' coined by the shaheed himself. It would be difficult to tell the best from the ones made, as each film impressed the audience with its way of storytelling.