Mumbai: With the echoes of patriotism and the fervor of freedom setting in, it's the perfect time to indulge in some inspiring tales that celebrate the spirit of independence. Whether through films, audio, or web series, there’s a treasure trove of entertainment on your phones and TVs waiting to be explored. This Independence Day, we have put together a special selection of titles that will take you on a captivating journey that will not only entertain but also evoke a profound sense of national pride. Let’s spend a day in remembrance of the fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation and their unyielding spirit that defines the essence of freedom.
1947: Road to Indian Independence on Audible narrated by journalist Prashant Jha traces back to how India became one of the first countries in Asia to get freedom from colonial rule to attain freedom. The 13-episode podcast documents the important events that shaped the freedom struggle, the becoming of a nation named ‘India’, and imminent personalities who have left their immortal footprint on the nation.
It is indeed said we are not makers of history instead, we are made by history. Chronicles of India is informative, deep dives into the depths of ancient Indian history, and celebrates the golden pages of our country's lost history, which has helped India become what it is today. It beautifully depicts how this nation has proven its significance to the rest of the world. It also narrates how we freed ourselves from the shackles of slavery and violent winds after withstanding the test of time.
Both the seasons of this show created and performed by Neelesh Mishra - celebrate the bravery of the Indian Armed Forces in the most uncertain and terrifying circumstances. Documenting the valiant real-life experiences of war heroes, troopers, and army veterans who served in the Indo-Pakistan war, the 26/11 terror attacks, the Sino-Indian war of 1962, and ambush operations in Jammu Kashmir. The stories also give insights into their personal lives the sacrifices they made and the courage of their family members.
Regiment Diaries on Netflix series offers a peek into the various regiments of the Indian Army, their training, their traditions, history, contributions, and their journey from civilian to joining the Indian Army. For those enthusiastic about gaining insights into the regiments of the Indian Army and important military events, what’s better than a docu-series chronicling the lives of these army men who are following the illustrious example of their predecessors to protect the nation and their countrymen.
This Netflix biopic ‘Major’ is based on Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, documenting his life right from his childhood to his valiant endeavor during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 Special Action Groups (51 SAG) deployed in the hotel to rescue the hostages and died during his mission. This biopic capturing the inspiring story of the Ashoka Chakra awardee story deserves to be watched this Independence Day.
Platform: Prime Video
The militant uprising in colonial India is not honored enough though it has a pivotal role in attaining Independence. The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye on Prime Video does exactly the needful by capturing the efforts made by the Azad Hind Fauj who marched 3,884 kilometers from Singapore to Delhi to free their country from the British. The Fauj was led by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose who fought against their size and scale but were labelled by the then ruling establishment as traitors. Relive this momentous period in Indian history with this action-packed true war series on Amazon Prime.
Platform: Prime Video
The story of Sardar Udham is directed by Shoojit Sircar and was shot in the beautiful locales of India, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Sardar was a man gravely impacted by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and sought revenge on the perpetrator of the incident Micheal O'Dwyer, Punjab's former lieutenant governor. After the massacre, Sardar Udham fled the mountains of Afghanistan and traveled through the USSR reaching London in 1933-34. He spent the most decisive 6 years of his life, re-igniting the revolution, and in 1940, after 21 years of carrying the unhealed wound, Udham Singh assassinated Michael O’Dwyer.