Five times Bollywood made us cry, laugh and swear with its Army-Centric movies
Dec 20, 2017
Seems like the movie makers have taken it upon themselves to instill true nationality and a sense of devout patriotism amongst target audience, without a rest. With movies such as Tiger Zinda Hai and Aiyaary coming up, the public would hardly get minutes rest from its `oooh`s` and `awww`s`.
From our sweet chocolate boy in SOTY to the typical gangsta in Ek Villain , to the jarhead in Aiyaary, Sidharth Malhotra`s upcoming movie has proved his chameleon capabilities every time. One peek into the trailer and you are going to fall in love with Major.Jai Bakshi ( Sid) and his ‘fauji’ ways. With Manoj Bajpayee playing both friend and foe to Jai, the movie focuses on the corrupt practices going on, even in the defense ministry. Keeping his uniform aside, this rogue soldier sets off on his own on a mission to track down the miscreants and give justice. Misunderstandings, a clash of ideologies and some serious action follow. With the release date set on 26th of January 2018, let`s hope this tale of patriotism, friendship, loyalty, and love, makes a good score in the box office.
Lets have a look at some Army-centric movies that have beautifully portrayed the many sides of Indian Army ie The good, the better, the best and the worst ( for others)
Manoj Bajpayee: “No Ma’am, Fauji hai, problem kya hogi”
Despite the beautiful Turkish landscape, the very first scenes have you clutching on to your seats as we see Akshay Kumar ( a.k.a Ajay Singh Rajput), an Indian Security Agent chasing the alleged traitor Jamal (a.k.a Karan Anand), while on a rescue mission. Also heading an elite counter-espionage team Baby, this slightly dysfunctional character has kicked some serious butts, playing the devil himself for bad guys. The movie wades you through Istanbul, Kathmandu and Abu Dhabi, as the fictional team hunts down Bilal Khan ( a.k.a Kay Kay Menon), only to find the country, very much vulnerable to a possible terror. The movie also stars Rana Daggubati, Danny Denzongpa, Tapsee Pannu and Anupam Kher in equally competent roles.Not to forget the well scripted dark humor, director Neeraj Pandey has not forgotten to mention, this time even!
Akshay Kumar: Religion Wala Jo Column Hota Hai Usme Hum Bold And Capital Mein “INDIAN” Likhtay Hain.
2. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Ever heard of a vacation gone wrong? Well, this is one vacation seriously gone wrong!! Captain Virat Bakshi ( Akshay Kumar) is on leave and on the lookout for a suitable better half. One moment we see his sweet persuasion of this rocker-boxer chick Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha ) and the next thing you know, he is hunting down sleeper cells, who plan to rip Mumbai apart with a series of well-planned explosions. Virat ( member of a secret wing of Indian Army), with the help of his mates, track down the explosives and save the day. The movie brings forward the toughest side of an Indian Soldier in a "Break, never bend` situation. They literally flash in the face of terror " Fauj hai kya cheez".
Akshay Kumar: "Tum Log Parivaar Ke Saath Yahan Chain Se Jeeo … Is Liye Hum Log Roz Border Par Marte Hai…"
3. Haqeeqat (1964):
If you are a 90`s kid and missed out on the gory details of the infamous 1962 Indo-China War, Haqueeqat is the closest you can get to. A story of love, patriotism, and shrewd diplomacy, this movie is sure to bring some swear words to your mind. The movie follows the life and innocent longings of Indian Soldiers posted at Indo-Chinese Border during the war. It lays down the bittersweet experiences of being a soldier, loving a soldier and living with a soldier, with true patriotism at the core of the movie.Captain Bahadur Singh ( Dharmendra ) and Major Ranjit Singh ( Balraj Sahni ) are the chief protagonists of the movie, with Priya Rajvansh playing the Captain`s lady love Angmo. Captain Singh and Angmo in a heartbreaking sequence, sacrifice their lives defending the Indian Post and keeping away the Chinese army. Not to mention the beautiful score of melodies the movie gave us.
The moment the song goes off “ kar chale hum fida...”
Based on a true story, the movie revolves around a party of 120 fearless Indian soldiers, who successfully hold their post against the Pakistani Army at a remote location in Punjab, Longewala. The "jawans" pass the terror-stricken night in anticipation and action with a number of 120 against 2000, later being the Pak Army, with many losing their lives. Imagine yourself stranded in a situation where your back is against the wall and you have to fight like hell to get out of it. The softer side of "fauji" is also shown in the movie with songs like "sandese ate hain; which are sure to strike your emotional chord. Just so you know, have a box of tissues at hand. The movie stars a score of talents with Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty and Akshaye Khanna bagging the major roles.
The story takes us back to 1999 when India faced infiltration from Pakistan along its Line of Control, commonly known as `Kargil War`. The real-life horror was much worse than what has been portrayed in the movie, as casualties were at an all-time high. The movie begins with missing men and a message to GOC sector of Kargil to get its troops ready for action against such infiltration. After an emotional departure from their homes, the men of honor set out to kick some tushies. Victory comes at a cost, as India loses some of its Bravehearts. With Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Khanna in the cast, the movie though criticised by some for its somewhat disconnected story line, is an all time favourite in its genre.
Abhishek Bachchan : "A soldier lives by chance, loves by choice and kills by profession"