When India struggled for her independence, it was not against any country or race of people. It was against oppression and cruelty. It was for peace and harmony. It was for the truth that everybody deserves equal respect and opportunity – which had been taken away.
Indians achieved their motherland’s independence in 1947, thanks to the indomitable spirit of freedom warriors from all over the country. These men and women of steel were pure in every respect – commitment, character and compassion.
Let us time travel to those days with these unforgettable movies. They are to be reverently remembered and respected but that is not why we watch these films. We watch because it resonates in our blood and maybe we would have done the same.
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Anandamath is one of the best stories ever days of freedom struggle. A milestone in storytelling, it is about those days of sanyasi warriors in the 18th century. The story subtly tells us that if you have to win the fight outside, first win it inside.
In 1951, Satish Dasgupta directed the story for the big screen. The cast consisted of Ahindra Choudhury, Jahar Roy, Tulsi Chakraborty, Bipin Gupta, Joynarayan Mukhopadhyay, Kamal Mitra, Manoranjan Bhattacharya, Sunanda Debi and Gurudas Bandyopadhyay.
Why was colonial rule so bad and rotting? Watch Biyallish.
Biyallish came out also in 1951 starring Pradeep Kumar with Manju Dey, Bikash Roy, Sombhu Mitra, Bankim Ghosh. But it was Bikash Roy who stole the show as the accurate depiction of the brutal police officer. It was not uncommon to have officers like him who were determined to break the spirit and body of the freedom fighters.
The true greatness of Netaji is not possible to be captured in one film. But each fragment of his life reveals something extraordinary about him.
The 1966 film ‘Subhash Chandra’ is still believed to be one of the best films ever made on the great leader. Pijush Basu directed the film with Reba Debi, Meena Chakraborty, Dilip Roy, Master Ashish Ghosh and Samar Kumar among the cast.
The film Sabyasachi was made on a story by Sarat Chandra called as Pather Dabi. It was based on a freedom fighter’s life against the oppressing British rule of that time. It tells many inside stories of the freedom revolution.
Few other films rouse such emotion as Devi Choudhurani. Another Bankim Chandra’s creation, it shows the metamorphosis of a trodden village girl to a woman whom the British feared. Suchitra Sen’s tutelage under her warrior guru Basanta Choudhury is all what freedom is all about. To stand with your head held high.
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