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5 Quit India Movement Movies That Pump Up ones Nationalism


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As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, lets honour the movies which depicted the historic struggle that led us to this day.

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Although we are celebrating our Independence Day in hardly a week, lets face the hard reality. It has not come in easy. Countless innocent lives were lost, as those brave hearts refused to yield in. Freedom Fighters like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai and countless others stood against the mighty British. Ignited by Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, Udham Singh took the revenge and killed Michael O Dwyer. India is a land of largest number of movies in the world. Thus it is no surprise that #QuitIndiaMovement would have triggered a lot of movies. Although there are many movies and the list can go on and on. However considering the scope of the article, here are 5 Quit India Movement movies that continue to ignite love for our country.

5 Quit India Movies that are a must watch

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

Although many have rated the movie as a failure, I rate it at the top for emotions it creates. The movie not only traces the journey of Bhagat Singh, but also how India was during British Raaj. There are shown various groups working towards one common cause which is India’s Freedom. Rated as one of the best Quit India Movies, it has certain sequences that are questionable. However, needless to say, the first 5 minutes are extremely powerful and nothing can take that away.

Ajay Devgan’s The Legend of Bhagat Singh

1942 A Love Story

Although this movie did not fare that well, but its songs very much made up for it. Especially the song ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ makes one fall in love again. A love story set in the middle of the Quit India Movement, 1942 A Love Story takes on real issues. A trail mix of protests, inhumane treatment of Indians, conflicts of the British Indian officers and some out of place romantic sequences. While some sequences appear strange and out of place like a protest march interrupting a love song. Not to forget the chemistry of the ever charming Manisha Koirala and our evergreen Anil Kapoor. Its songs remain fresh when even heard today. Another popular song Kuch Na kaho was abundant in emotions.

Rang De Basanti

Talking about Quit India Movement, it would not be befitting to leave Rang De Basanti. A new concept movie depicting how the current generations perceive Independence. Character remain the same but the roles and perception emerge in the new context. Rang De Basanti starred Aamir Khan, Siddharth, R. Madhavan, Atul Kulkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor and British actress Alice Patten. The plot runs around a British film student coming to India to shoot story of Indian revolutionary movement. She befriends and casts five young men in the film, which inspires them to fight against the corruption of their own government. The film was shot primarily in New Delhi. Movie got various National and International awards. Awards included National Film Award for Best Popular Film, Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 BAFTA Awards, and Official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, though it did not ultimately yield a nomination for either award. However two of A. R. Rahman’s soundtrack, were considered for an Academy Award nomination. Here is the movie best scene.

Rang De Basanti

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se

The movie is worth watching as it is built on a completely new concept. In the movie’s story, a group of school teachers secretly train students and attack an army base successfully. The best part is that the women lead the group. Although in the long run the army reoccupies the group and kills majority of them, it is definitely a story of valor and bravery. Ashutosh Gowarker directed the movie and stars Abhishek and Deepika and is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.


Frankly speaking the movie got into the list of my Quit India movies due to my sheer love of sports. Also it is a tribute to the team who won the first Olympic Hockey Gold in 1948. Gold: The Dream That United our Nation or just Gold is an Indian Hindi sports movie. Reema Kagti wrote and directed the movie, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh produced the movie. Led by a star ensemble of Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal and Nikita Dutta, it is based on India’s first national team to Olympics. The movie was a tribute to Tapan Das, the man who won India’s first Gold. Although not a Quit India movie, but India’s independence was ignited there.

Some other Quit India Movement Movies

There could be many such 5 Quit India Movement movies like Rangoon or Indian that are worth mentioning, but maybe we shall do it some other time. At the moment lets sit and be thankful for our freedom bestowed on us.

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