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10 patriotic movies to watch this Republic Day

As the tricolour flutters high and the national anthem echoes through the streets of India, let us take a moment to honour the spirit of our great nation and what better way to do so than by indulging in some patriotic movies that pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of our countrymen? From tales of valour on the battlefield to stories of resilience in the face of adversity, these films will fill your heart with pride and your eyes with tears. So put on your popcorn, sit back, and join us as we present to you a list of the top 10 patriotic movies to watch this 74th Indian Republic Day.

1) Lagaan (2001)


This movie is evergreen and will never get old no matter how many more movies come to bring patriotism. Lagaan is a sports-drama film that tells the story of a group of Indian villagers who come together to play cricket against their British colonizers to waive the high taxes imposed on them. The movie is a must-watch this Republic Day because it showcases the resilience and determination of the Indian people in the face of oppression and injustice, and also the importance of unity and teamwork in achieving a common goal. The film was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s a film that celebrates the spirit of patriotism and unity uniquely.

Where to watch: Netflix

2) Mission Majnu (2023)


This movie has been recently released and the reviews are amazing! The story revolves around the 1970s, an undercover Indian spy takes on a deadly mission to expose a covert nuclear weapons program in the heart of Pakistan. Starring Sidharth Malhotra, who is an eye candy and never fails to leave the audience astonished with his amazing performance, yet again dazzles on screen. This showcases the courage and sacrifice of Indian intelligence officers and the dedication of the Indian government to protect its citizens and country. It also highlights the theme of patriotism and the importance of keeping the nation’s security as a top priority. The film has received positive reviews for its action sequences, performances and storyline.

Where to watch: Netflix

3) Airlift (2016)


Airlift historical drama film starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur. The movie is based on the true events of 1990 when around 170,000 Indians were evacuated from Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion. It’s on high recommendation this Republic Day because it showcases the strength and determination of the Indian diaspora in a foreign land and the Indian government’s efforts to protect its citizens during a crisis. The film is a tribute to the unsung heroes who were involved in the evacuation process. The film received widespread critical acclaim and Akshay Kumar’s performance was particularly praised. The film also won several awards.

Where to watch: Voot

4) Raazi (2018)


Raazi is a Bollywood spy thriller film starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. The movie is based on the true story of a young Indian girl who is recruited by an Indian intelligence agency and married to a Pakistani army officer to gather information on Pakistan’s activities during the 1971 war. The movie hits differently when it’s a true story so why not watch this with one of Bollywood’s favourite actress Alia Bhatt in the lead.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

5) Shershaah (2021)


Shershaah is a Bollywood biographical action film starring Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani. The movie is based on the life of an Indian army officer, Captain Vikram Batra, who was martyred in the line of duty during the 1999 Kargil War. Nothing better than this movie can explain the valour, sacrifice and patriotism of Indian Army soldiers and the importance of remembering the sacrifices of our brave soldiers.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

6) Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran (2018)


This movie stars John Abraham and Diana Penty. This Republic Day, relive the thrilling tale of India’s successful nuclear tests in 1998 and the courage of the scientists and government officials who made it possible. With a gripping storyline and top-notch performances, “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” is a must-watch for anyone looking to honour the spirit of our great nation.

Where to watch: Netflix

7) Swades (2004)


Watch the timeless classic, “Swades”, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi. This film tells the story of an NRI astronaut who returns to his village in India and discovers the true essence of his country, culture, and people. Watch as he reconnects with his roots and learns about the struggles and triumphs of the everyday Indian citizen. “Swades” is a powerful reminder of the importance of love for one’s country and its people, making it a must-watch this Republic Day.

Where to watch: Netflix

8) Chak De India (2007)


This movie represents the true spirit of sportsmanship and unity. “Chak De India” starring Shah Rukh Khan and Sagarika Ghatge tells the story of a former Indian hockey captain who, despite facing personal and professional setbacks, assembles a team of women players from diverse backgrounds and leads them to victory. There is nothing better than the thrill of watching them overcome their differences and come together to make India proud.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

9) Sardar Udham


This movie stars Vicky Kaushal and Paresh Rawal telling the story of a man who sets out to avenge the death of his family in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre but instead discovers the truth about the man who inspired him to become a revolutionary freedom fighter. Watch as he transforms from a vengeful son to a true patriot. “Sardar Udham” is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

10) Rang De Basanti


“Rang De Basanti” is a story of friendship, revolution and sacrifice. It is a film that tells the story of a group of friends whose lives are forever changed when they star in a film about the Indian independence movement. As they delve deeper into the characters they are playing, they begin to embody the spirit of revolution and sacrifice for their country. With a powerful cast led by Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, and Atul Kulkarni, “Rang De Basanti” is a film that will inspire you to stand up for what is right and make you proud to be an Indian. This movie is not just a film but a feeling, an emotion.

Where to watch: Netflix

You might have already watched some of the other movies listed above but, if there are some that you haven’t now is the time.

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