The 75th Independence Day is just around the corner. Here’s a roundup of TV that could stir up your inner patriot. From depicting the valour of our soldiers to showing every drop of blood, sweat and tears went into realising the dream of a free India, these shows have done justice to it all. Check them out.
Aired on Doordarshan from 1996 to 1998, Yug was a TV series that portrayed on the screen the struggle for freedom from British rule. The show also shed light upon the era post-independence with an ensemble cast, comprising Hema Malini, Javed Khan, Neena Gupta, Mukesh Khanna and Pankaj Dheer.
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1857 Kranti was one of the most popular shows in Indian television history that depicted the Revolt of 1857. Interestingly, it was also made with a massive budget of 16 crores and telecasted on Doordarshan The cast of the show, including Maya Alagh, Tej Sapru, Siraj Mustafa Khan and many others, made it a point to realistically bring on the screen the consequences the historic event of 1857.
Bharat Ek Khoj
Helmed by the iconic filmmaker Shyam Benegal, Bharat Ek Khoj portrayed the time from India’s beginning to its independence based on the book ‘Discovery of India’ by Jawaharlal Nehru. While the story was narrated by Om Puri, the star cast of this magnum opus comprised himself, Naseeruddin Shah, Alok Nath, Roshan Seth, Shabana Azmi and Pallavi Joshi.
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The remarkable debut of Shah Rukh Khan, Fauji made him an overnight success. The story revolves around a group of trainees at commando school where Shah Rukh’s Abhimanyu Singh was one of the main characters. The trainees would be trained and inducted as soldiers into the army.
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Left right left
One of the most popular shows in the 2000s, Left Right Left gave a glimpse of a military academy and the training of soldiers there. While patriotism is hard to miss in the show, it also goes on to establish that the youth can bring a massive change in the nation for the better.