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War Films of India

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Haqeeqat

India's first and unarguably finest war film to date, Haqeeqat (The Reality) became a yardstick for subsequent Hindi films based on war. This 1964 movie is a heroic portrayal of India's 1962 war with China over the disputed Ladakh border. Rather graphic, director Chetan Anand set out to glorify the soldiers who fought in this remote outpost.

A platoon of Indian soldiers lead by Balraj Sahni is presumed dead in the mountains following heavy fighting. They are rescued by Kashmiri gypsies with help from one especially brave soldier (Dharmendra) and his gypsy love-interest (Priya Rajvanshi).

The film's memorable moments include an Indian soldier driving a bayonet through a copy of Mao's "Little Red Book" and on-screen denunciation of documentary footage showing Chou En-Lai being garlanded with an honour guard on arrival in Delhi. Added bonus is Rafi's magnificent "Kar chale hum fida," one of the most intensely nostalgic patriotic songs ever.

Today it may end up appearing as much an anti war movie as the political set piece it was meant to be. The scenery is stunning even if the camera work is shaky. Actors include Dharmendra, Priya Rajvanshi, Vijay Anand, Balraj Sahni and Sanjay Khan. Look for the Jewish/Hindi actor Levy Aaron in this stark war film. Note: I will be capping this movie as soon as I can get hold of it.


Hindustan Ki Kasam

Chetan Anand's 1973 Hit Movie "Hindustan Ki Kasam" was shot in 1972-73, almost immediately after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The movie has an all-star cast which includes: Raj Kumar(Mig-21 pilot), Priya Rajvanshi, Vijay Anand(Gnat Pilot), Balraj Sahni(Air Chief), Amrish Puri and Amjad Khan(Pak Pilot & radar operator).

This is a movie which should definitely be seen. It has plenty of dogfights and bombing featuring Sukhoi-7's, Mig-21's, Sabres, Gnats etc. The Mig-21 stunts in the movie were done by Flt Lt Samar Shah and Flt Lt Manbir Singh. Below are a few Vidcaps from the VCD.

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Sangam

Directed and acted by Raj Kapoor, Sangam was shot in 1964 and features IAF aircraft like Canberra's and Dakota's. The setting is the 1962 Indo-China conflict. It also features Rajendra Kumar and the beautiful Vyjayanthimala.

Right from the start the movie is entertaining and there is never a dull or boring moment. Plenty of memorable songs and the acting is superb. The costumes are beautiful and perfectly matched to the stars. This is one movie I will be watching again.

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Silsila

Produced and directed by Yash Chopra, Silsila was shot in 1981 and features IAF aircraft like Gnat's and Mig-21's. The setting is the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The aircraft shots were filmed at the Srinagar and Poona airbases. It has an all star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar and Shashi Kapoor(Mig-21 pilot).

The movie is very entertaining with plenty of songs and dance. Amitabh Bachchan, as always, plays his role superbly. This is one of the all time classics.

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Aakraman

This 1975 war movie was directed by Om Prakash and starred Sanjeev Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Rekha, Ashok Kumar, Asrani, Rajesh Khanna and Farida Jalal.


Border

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Refugee

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Line of Control

This 2003 film is the biggest of J.P. Dutta's war trilogy. Dutta goes into the deepest recesses of the Kargil tragedy to emerge with a human interest story that is grand, passionate, heroic and tragic.

The film has a big star cast including Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna, Manoj Bajpai, Ashutosh Rana, Karan Nath, Amar Upadhyay, Sanjay Kapoor and Himanshu Malik.


Vijeta

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Maa Tujhhe Salaam

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Hindustan Ki Kasam: Battle for Peace

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Sarfarosh

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Kohram

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Mission Kashmir

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Major Saab

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Military Raaj

This 1998 movie was directed by Sanjay Sharma and starred Mithun Chakraborty, Aditya Pancholi, Pratibha Sinha, Jaya Prada, Prem Chopra and Irfan Kamal.

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Soldier

This 1998 movie was directed by Abbas Mustan and starred Bobby Deol, Priety Zinta, Dalip Tahil and Suresh Oberoi.

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Aradhana

This 1969 movie was directed and produced by Shakti Samanta and starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Abhi Bhattacharya and Farida Jalal. Sharmila Tagore won the Best Actress (1970) award for this film.

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Andha Naal

This 1954 movie directed by S. Balachandar won the National Award (1955) for best feature film in Tamil. Renowned actor Sivaji Ganesan plays a traitor who aids the Japanese bombing of Madras in 1941.

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The Salute

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Army

This 1996 movie was directed by Ram Shetty and starred Sridevi, Shah Rukh Khan, Harish, Monish Behl, Sudesh Berry and Roni.

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Dushman

This 1998 movie was produced by Pooja Bhatt and starred Sanjay Dutt, Kajol, Shahzaad, Saeed Jaffrey, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Bajpai, Pramod Moutho and Tanvi Azmi. Sanjay Dutt plays a blind ex-army Major who trains Kajol in self-defence.

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Prahaar

This 1991 movie was directed by renowned film artist Mr Nana Patekar and starred Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit and Dimple Kapadia.

The film deals with the hitherto unexplored area of a soldier's psyche. It depicts how a soldier's fierce desire to root out the evil forces prevalent in society, matches his ambition to conquer the enemy on the battlefield.

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Aks

This 2001 movie was directed by Rakesh OmPrakash Mehra and starred Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Raveena Tandon, Nandita Das, K.K. Raina and Amol Palekar.

Mannu Verma(Amitabh Bachchan), who heads National Security, is in Budapest with the Defense Minister to get a floppy disk carrying the names of some dangerous people. It must be obtained before the future of our Nation is jeopardized.

At the same time Mannu has come to know that the Defense Minister's life is on the line. He is being hunted by Raghavan(Manoj Bajpai), a coldblooded killer. So Mannu has his hands full with obtaining this disk and at the same time protecting the Defense Minister from the assasin. Sadly, the Defense Minister is killed and along with him the Floppy has also dissapeared. It's now up to Mannu to find both the disk and Raghavan, who meanwhile is plotting to take the PM's life next!

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Prem Pujari

Filmed in Spain, Britain, and France, this 1970 movie was Dev Anand's formal directorial debut. Ram (Dev Anand), a soldier morally opposed to war escapes from the army after being jailed for insubordination. On the run, he encounters Rita (Waheeda Rehman) whose single-seater plane has crashed and who embroils him in a spy ring he is determined to expose.

This involves impersonating a Tibetan and a Portugese and traveling to many international tourist spots before he destroys the spy ring which was leaking information about India's military deals. However, he is too late from preventing Pakistan from attacking India in 1965 and, abandoning his pacifism, rushes back to fight the enemy and win his girl.

Even though the film proved an expensive undertaking that did not generate the box office payback Anand was hoping for, it's lush S.D. Burman musical score and Anand-Rehman romance are worth repeat viewing.


Jang Aur Aman (War & Peace)

This 2001 film by veteran documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan has won numerous international and domestic awards. Filmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan and the USA following the 1998 nuclear tests in the subcontinent, Jang Aur Aman is an epic documentary journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war.

It promotes the values of nonviolence and religious tolerance espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, and is a critical yet even-handed review of the political, economic and historical forces that have pushed the subcontinent to the brink of disaster. It lauds the peace activists who oppose military jingoism, whether it originates in India, Pakistan or the United States, and argues that the only viable peace is one achieved through democratic rather than military means.

The Indian film censor board, however, demanded that Anand make 21 cuts to the film because of scenes that "may have the effect of desensitizing or dehumanizing people."

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