**Please see bottom of post for movies discussed in this series**
Would love to get your recommendations, and please do not hesitate if you are not of Indian origin. What unites us is our love of Hindi cinema, and that's all that matters! Updates and reviews at the bottom of the post.
One world. One dream. Saw the spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympics at a Chinese restaurant (voted for Thai but deferred to friends) where at least 30 countries were represented. It was like one big global family watching the event. Fun! The lighting of the torch must have featured clips of these Bollywood actors who carried the torch in New Delhi (here's a recent interview with Aamir -- would you believe his haircut was banned in some Bangalore colleges?). And listening to the NBC announcers, one would think every region aside from the U.S. and Europe was politically incompetent (I could have lived with unstable -- and this isn't even Fox!). They're missing the point of the games. Oh well. Go Teams U.S. and India!
It's August, and we're less than a week away to August 15! Figured it would be a good month to discuss some of my favorite patriotic films, centered around the struggle for independence or the struggle to sustain goodness decades later.
Our Aazaadi Sawaari (independence vehicle) will go through films on the subject, listed at the bottom of this post (by year, as placed in films). Each has strong memorable moments on some mode of transport, whether in a song or otherwise. The modes range from elephants...
...to bullock carts.
More bullock carts...
...and bullocks without carts (backdrop).
Tractors (how cool is this color palette?).
...and horse-drawn carriages.
Bikes and jeeps.
Heck, even snowmobiles!
Aside: Of late, they tend to feature this dude at his best.
No matter what your preference, there's a vehicle for you! We'll be going through the following films over the next few weeks. All frames above are from these (at least one from each):
- 1857: Mangal Pandey (2005) -- review added at this link.
- 1893: Lagaan (2001) -- but we've been there!
- 1947: Earth (1998) -- review added at this link.
- Post-1947: Mother India (1957) -- review added at this link.
- 1999: Sarfarosh (1999) -- review added at this link.
- 2004: Swades (2004) -- review added at this link.
- 2006: Rang De Basanti (2006) -- review added at this link.
- 2006: Fanaa (2006) -- review added at this link.
So hop aboard the Aazaadi Sawaari, and let's move forward and enjoy the ride! Chale Chalo. And while we're at it, which patriotic Bollywood films do you like most?