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.