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Army Day 2020: Bollywood films that celebrated Indian soldiers

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Here’s a list of the most memorable army movies in Bollywood which you can watch on this Army Day.

The nation is celebrating the 72nd Army Day today to remember the valiant and exemplary achievements of army personnel who risk their lives for the nation. It is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 15, 1949.

On this day, we list some of the Bollywood army movies that told stories of Indian soldiers and their exemplary efforts to serve the nation and safeguard it from enemies.

Border

The hit 1997 war drama, backed by an ensemble cast of Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Puneet Issar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and others, is inspired by the Battle of Longewala during Indo-Pak war of 1971. It narrates how 120 soldiers of the Punjab regiment defended their post against a whole tank regiment of the Pakistan Army until the Indian Air Force came to help them the next morning. The film not only presented the bravery of an Indian soldier but also touched upon emotions for his motherland, fellow army men and family.

Border is streaming on YouTube.

Lakshya

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Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya is based on the Kargil conflict of 1999.

The Hrithik Roshan starrer, a favourite of 90s kids, is the story of the transformation of a carefree youngster into a dedicated and passionate soldier with only one goal – to conquer a peak for the Indian army in Kargil. The rock-climbing scene in the climax created history as it featured the highest crane shot taken at 18000 ft. Though the movie didn’t fare well at the box office, Farhan Akhtar film has found takers over the years.

Lakshya is streaming on Netflix.

LOC Kargil

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 LOC Kargil was based on Operation Vijay and the Battle of Tololing.

The film directed by J.P. Dutta gave a peek into the life of Indian defence personnel Captain Vikram Batra, Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav and Major Deepak Rampal who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil War. The film, starring Sanjay Dutt, Ayyub Khan, Suniel Shetty, Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Bachchan among others, was based on Operation Vijay and the Battle of Tololing. The film is one of the longest films in Indian cinema with a runtime of four hours and 15 minutes.

LOC Kargil is streaming on YouTube.

Uri: The Surgical Strike

Vicky Kaushal was honoured with National Award for Best Actor, and Aditya Dhar won Best Director award for the military drama Uri: The Surgical Strike. The film is based on the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

Uri: The Surgical Strike is streaming on ZEE5.

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