Justalkin Episode 27: Indian films on war: The reasons, the consequences and the emotions
There are films that entertain and then there are those that speak of wars. Wars that are real and impact the lives of many many people. Indian cinema has spoken of war, its effects and the destruction it leaves behind. On today's podcast, we look at some of the films that showed us not just the war and the consequences but also sometimes shared the soldiers' perspective and questioned the futility of war.
JP Dutta's ensemble cast Border is one of the first films to come to mind when we think of war films. One of the more successful war films, Border also gave us the everygreen "sandese aate hain".
What is the plight of prisoners of war? What are these brave men ready to put on the line for the nation? 1971 was an account of how 6 brave Indian Army men escape the clutches of the Pakistan Army. Some great performance there!
Uri: The Surgical Strike
"How's the Josh?" We're sure you just answered it! That's what Uri has done. Not only has the film smashed some box office records and given us A class performances by the likes of Vicky Kaushal, it has also got people talking about the Army and inspiring the youth.
This is one name you've been hearing at the moment. That's because the similarities between real and reel life are stark and not to forget, ironic. If you don't already know why, well, listen in.
An interesting cast and storyline, Tango Charlie delved in to the psyche of the soldiers - what do they feel, how do they find the courage, what is their life really like. This film answered some of those questions.
JP Dutta's interest in wars and the drive to depict them on the big-screen gave us LOC Kargil in 2003. The Kargil War inspired the work of many artists and gave us an insight into what really happened during the War.
Hindustan Ki Kasam
This film was about Operation Cactus Lily in the Indo Pakistan War of 1971. Cinema also serves as a great reminder of just how long people have been fighting and how important Intelligence and staying one step ahead is. Whether the films rake in the box office collections or not. is another story.
The Ghazi Attack
We have the Army, the Air Force and the Indian Navy. Films have been made about them all. Depicting real life situations and threats that we have faced as a nation. The difficult terrains, the impossible conditions and the challenges to just survive and then push some more to fight and guard. Ghazi Attack took us through a tense and crucial mission underwater.
The story of a IAF Sikh fighter pilot, this movie was based on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and the visuals in this film were well appreciated.
Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Back
Milan Luthria's film spoke of Indian army officers imprisoned on the other side of LOC.
One of the earliest films on war that was done right. Chetan Anand's film on the Indo-Sino War of 1962, it went on to win appreciation and awards.
Sometimes, a war film or a film that shows us the Indian Army, Indian Air Force or Indian Navy, doesn't just serve the purpose of informing or entertaining. It takes on a bigger role of inspiring. Farhan Akhtar did that brilliantly with this one. Read More