Editors' Choice: Fighting for Independence

by imdb_india_editors | created - 08 Aug 2017 | updated - 12 Aug 2017 | Public

This Aug. 15, our editors chose these popular and highly-rated movies that capture the Indian Independence Day spirit.

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1. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,209 | Gross: $52.77M

2. Chittagong (2012)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, War

Set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, a 14 year old boy, Jhunku, and his journey to find where he belongs. For the first time in Indian history, the British army is defeated by ... See full summary »

Director: Bedabrata Pain | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Barry John, Delzad Hiwale, Vega Tamotia

Votes: 1,310

3. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

Votes: 13,327

4. Upkar (1967)

175 min | Drama, Romance, War

Cult classic highlighting the contrast between Indian and Western values in the newly independent state.

Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Asha Parekh, Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi

Votes: 493

5. Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | 172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

53 Metascore

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director: Mehboob Khan | Stars: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

Votes: 7,792

6. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 102,204 | Gross: $2.20M

7. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 569

8. Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)

195 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja is a 2009 Malayalam historical drama film based on the life of Pazhassi Raja, a Hindu king who fought against the British in the 18th century.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Padmapriya

Votes: 2,266

9. Shaheed (1965)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shaheed (1965) presents the inspirational biography of one of India's greatest patriots Sardar Bhagat Singh.

Director: S. Ram Sharma | Stars: Kamini Kaushal, Nirupa Roy, Anand Kumar, Prem Chopra

Votes: 311

10. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

Votes: 8,827 | Gross: $0.87M

11. Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959)

201 min | Biography, Drama, History

When the British East India Company forces polygar Kattabomman to pay taxes, levies and be their subsidiary ruler, he openly defies their policy and battles them until his arrest and hanging.

Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, Varalakshmi S.

Votes: 168

12. Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974)

187 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Biopic on the life of the famous Telugu freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju..

Director: V. Ramachandra Rao | Stars: Krishna Ghattamaneni, Kongara Jaggaiah, Vijaya Nirmala, Chandramohan

Votes: 296

13. Indian (1996)

Not Rated | 185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sukanya, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 9,259

14. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 10,531



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