5 high-voltage patriotic scenes in Bollywood

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 16:53 IST
A still from Rang De Basanti

When it comes to patriotic jingoism, no one does it better than Bollywood. Our heroes are always fearless and daring... forever the quintessential one-man army who's driven by his love for the country and can bring any rogue army, or those plotting against the country, to their knees. And while he is at it, our hero also finds enough time to romance his lady love... in short, he's a complete man.

On this Independence Day, here's a list of 5 high-voltage Hindi films that have made us feel proud of being Indians.

Border (1997)

There is no one better than Sunny Deol when it comes to dialogue-baazi. Director JP Dutta’s film on the battle between India and Pakistan saw him as a firebrand Army officer. Do you think anybody in entire Bollywood can match up to his energy and vigour? In this scene, he is aptly supported by Akshaye Khanna.

Pukar (2000)

Anil Kapoor normally plays happy-go-lucky characters, but every now and then he has been seen in films which are soaked in patriotic juices. For example, this Rajkumar Hirani film presented Kapoor as an Army officer who was never short of penetrating words.

Khakee (2004)

Again a Rajkumar Santoshi film, this one had a stellar star-cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Prakash Raj and Aishwarya Rai. This particular scene features Big B and Akshay indulged in a debate about duty and country.

Lakshya (2004)

Director Farhan Akhtar’s film was a nuanced one and didn’t resort to usual theatrics we witness in Bollywood films. In this scene, Hrithik Roshan describes the reason that changes his life forever in the film.

Rang De Basanti (2006)

What Atul Kulkarni does in this scene is enviable for any actor. His swift transition from a Hindu hardliner to a proud Indian is mesmerising. His shivering voice recites Ramprasad Bismil’s poetry in such a way that the audience gets transported to an altogether different era and space.

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