11 Must Watch Bollywood Films Based On Indo-Pak War

11 Must Watch Bollywood Films Based On Indo-Pak War

9 Apr 19 @ 3:38 PM | By Ravi

Ever since India gained independence in 1947, it has gone to war with its neighbors on quite a few occasions. The major wars that India has gone to are the Sino-India war in 1962 between India and China which was fought over a period of one-month and the Indo-Pak wars in 1965, 1971 and 1999, respectively. Most of the wars against Pakistan ended up with India triumphant whereas the Sino-India combat ended by declaring a unilateral ceasefire. Our Bollywood directors have diligently written scripts on most of the wars and have given it a dramatic touch to bring alive the battle on screen. Though there have been more than a score of war movies in Bollywood released over the years but only a handful have been appreciated and applauded by the audiences. It’s never easy to make a war film as long as you have the right resources, budget and permissions. Out of the lot of war movies released so far on Indo-Pak battles we have listed 8 of them. Watch all of them for the sheer effort and devotion that our film makers have put in to create them.

  • Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)

    Starring John Abraham, Mouni Roy, and Jackie Shroff, Romeo Akbar Walter is a story of an Indian Spy who in a disguise is sent to Pakistan to relay information to India. The film is based on the true event and it is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Directed by Robbie Grewal, the film is a spy thriller and it is gaining positive responses. Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) is performing well at the box office. 

    Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)
    Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)
  • Raazi (2018)

    Raazi is a story of courage of a 20-year-old Sehmat Khan who is married to a Pakistani family with the intention of supplying information to Indian prior to the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi stars Alia Bhatt in the titular role and Vicky Kaushal in the role of her husband. Raazi became a blockbuster hit and was listed as the tenth highest grossing film of 2018.

    Raazi (2018)
    Raazi (2018)
  • LOC Kargil (2003)

    The latest war movie based on the recent Indo-Pak Kargil war in 1999 where intruders got into Indian occupied territory and Indian soldiers fought to retain it. Produced and directed by JP Dutta, the film is considered the longest running time Bollywood film ever to hit the screens which had probably the biggest ever star cast to date.

    LOC Kargil (2003)
    LOC Kargil (2003)
  • Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)

    In an effort to repeat the success of his earlier film ‘Haqeeqat’, director Chetan Anand made another war film called ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ in 1973 which was based on Operation Cactus Lilly in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The film vividly focused on the IAF's role during the 1971 war in the western sector. The cast included Chetan Anand, Vijay Anand, Raaj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh, Balraj Sahni, Padma Khanna, Amjad Khan and Amrish Puri. However, this flick didn’t come close to his earlier films success and performed averagely at the box-office. Nevertheless, the films songs and battle sequences were appreciated.

    Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)
    Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)
  • Aakraman (1975)

    Produced by Jagdish Kumar and directed by J. Om Prakash, ‘Aakraman’ was based on the Indo-Pak war of 1971 which featured Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Farida Jalal, Sujit Kumar, Asrani, Keshto Mukherjee, Mumtaz Shanti and Rajesh Khanna. The music was by Laxmikant Pyarelal and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The film revolved around two army soldiers (Sanjeev Kumar and Rakesh Roshan) who fall in love with the same girl (Rekha) but a call of duty makes them go to war. Director J. Om Prakash had made this film with a lot of passion and dedication but came a cropper at the box-office. However, the songs became quite popular.

    Aakraman (1975)
    Aakraman (1975)
  • Border (1997)

    Written and directed by J.P. Dutta, ‘Border’ is considered one of the most popular and successful war films in Indian cinema. Released in June 1997, the film was a dramatized version of the Indo-Pak War of Longewala fought in Rajasthan (Western Theatre) in 1971. The film was a multi-starrer which had Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, Puneet Issar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raakhee and Sharbani Mukherjee. It was the highest grosser of 1997 and helped J.P. Dutta bag that years Filmfare trophy for best director. The songs of Anu Malik became popular as Javed Akhtar went on to win the Filmfare as well as National awards for the best lyrics for the song ‘Sandese Aate Hain’.

    Border (1997)
    Border (1997)
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  • Maa Tujhhe Salaam (2002)

    Director Tinu Verma’s directorial debut ‘Maa Tujhhe Salaam’ was also a war drama starring Sunny Deol, Tabu, Tinnu Verma and Arbaaz Khan. This film which portrayed the proxy war between India and Pakistan had Kashmir as the objective. The film’s story was that of an Indian military officer, Major Pratap Singh (Sunny Deol), who aborts a terrorist infiltration attempt in Kashmir along with Albaksh (Arbaaz Khan). Both fight Lala (Tinu Verma) who wants to own Zhonabad, an area in Kashmir. The film didn’t perform well despite Sunny Deol and Tabu playing the main leads.

    Maa Tujhhe Salaam (2002)
    Maa Tujhhe Salaam (2002)
  • Border Hindustan Ka (2003)

    ‘Border Hindustan Ka’ directed by Yogesh Bharadwaj and produced by H.S. Taneja almost went unnoticed at the box-office as it had small time stars like Faisal Khan, Priya Gill, Rajat Bedi, Mink Singh and Aditya Pancholi in pivotal roles. Again based on the Kashmir issue it also had a love story running along with it.

    Border Hindustan Ka (2003)
    Border Hindustan Ka (2003)
  • Lakshya (2004)

    ‘Lakshya’ was inspired by a real life story which was written by Javed Akhtar and directed by Farhan Akhtar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sharad Kapoor, Aditya Srivastava, Om Puri and Boman Irani. Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Lieutenant (later Acting Captain) Karan Shergill, who leads his team to victory over the Pakistani troops by capturing the Tiger Hill. Based on the backdrop of the Kargil war, it had excellent performances by all the lead stars. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well at the box-office but Farhan Akhtar was applauded for his efforts.

    Lakshya (2004)
    Lakshya (2004)
  • Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo (2004)

    Director Anil Sharma’s war film had a big star cast which included Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Bobby Deol (in a dual role), Divya Khosla Kumar, Sandali Sinha and Nagma. The film starts with the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war where Amitabh Bachchan leads an army of soldiers during which he loses his son (Bobby Deol). The story is cut to current times where the proxy war with Pakistan continues. The film didn’t have enough substance to sustain at the box-office as it turned into an average affair. Click link to watch the movie: http://www.ozee.com/movies/ab-tumhare-hawale-watan-sathiyo.html

    Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo (2004)
    Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo (2004)
  • War Chhod Na Yaar (2014)

    Indian cinema’s first comedy-war film ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ has Sharman Joshi and Jaaved Jafferi playing battalion captains of India and Pakistan armies, respectively. Off the battle field both the countries troops form an unlikely friendship and camaraderie. That is when Soha Ali Khan, an ambitious TV reporter is assigned the job to make a documentary on the lives of the soldiers of these two sides. This situation leads to hilarious situations among the characters.

    War Chhod Na Yaar (2014)
    War Chhod Na Yaar (2014)