Raazi, Gold, Paltan and Kesari: Upcoming patriotic films
While films like Raazi, Parmanu, Gold and Paltan are hitting screens this year, we also have Kesari, Bharat and the untitled Vikram Batra biopic in the pipeline for next year.
Bollywood’s tryst with ‘desh bhakti’ films goes back a long time. From Purab Aur Paschim and Mother India to Rang De Basanti and Dangal, Hindi film industry has constantly been churning out patriotic content that instills us with pride about our very own motherland called India. From dedicating songs to the ‘Bharat Mata’ to showcasing stories of those brave hearts who served the country, Bollywood has been constantly making films that arouse the patriotic feeling within us. These films sometimes make us introspect about the days of struggle in the past and sometimes make us look forward to a better future.
While films like Rang De Basanti (2006), Swades (2004), A Wednesday (2008) leave us feeling inspired to do something for our nation, The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002), Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) and others shed light on the life of those warriors who served the country in tough times.
A brief look at the Bollywood calendar for this year also proves that patriotic fervour is definitely on the rise in Bollywood. While films like Raazi, Parmanu, Gold and Paltan are hitting screens this year, we also have Kesari, Bharat and the untitled Vikram Batra biopic in the pipeline for next year. With Alia Bhatt’s Raazi hitting the theatres this week, here’s looking at upcoming patriotic films.
Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi is based on the novel Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka. Set in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, the thriller will see Alia Bhatt in the role of a Kashmiri spy who is married into a Pakistani household. The film captures her struggles to relay classified information to the Indian forces and the kind of sacrifices she makes while hoodwinking her own family and husband, played by Vicky Kaushal. While some creative liberties have been taken by the writer and the director, Raazi is inspired from a true story and in order to protect her identity, Sikka chose to call her Sehmat.