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Chak De! India to Shershaah, Bollywood Movies Released In Independence Week Over The Years

On this Independence Day, let us take a look at movies that were released in Independence week.

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Image Credit: Sidharth Malhotra, Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar Instagram


Independence Day in India is nothing less of a festival, and the Bollywood industry makes sure to release movies around August 15th every year. August 15th in India is a public holiday giving Bollywood filmmakers a chance to ensure sound business for their films. On this Independence Day, let us take a look at movies that were released in Independence week.

1.Chak De! India 

The film was released worldwide on 10 August 2007, coinciding with India's 60th Independence Day. The film was also screened in New Delhi on 17 August 2016, as part of the week-long Independence Day Film Festival. The movie tells a fictional story about the Indian women's national field hockey team, which was inspired by the team's win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and explores themes such as feminism and sexism, the legacy of the partition of India, racial and religious bigotry, and ethnic and regional prejudice.

2. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

The film was released on 11 August 2017 and is a satirical comedy in support of governmental campaigns to improve sanitation conditions in India, with an emphasis on the eradication of open defecation, especially in rural areas. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles, with Anupam Kher, Sudhir Pandey and Divyendu Sharma in supporting roles. The film was a commercial success, becoming Akshay Kumar's highest-grossing film all time and highest grosser worldwide too.

3. Gold

Gold was theatrically released in India on 15 August 2018, India's Independence Day. based on the journey of India's first national hockey team to the 1948 Summer Olympics and stars Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das, the man who won India its first gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics. The movie was a critical and commercial success at the time of its release. 

4. Singham Returns

The movie was released on Independence Day in 2014 and was a sequel to Singham. The movie was inspired by the Malayalam film Ekalavyan and featured Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor in the lead. Singham Returns broke various opening day records and was a widespread success

5. Rustom

The movie was theatrically released on 12 August 2016 and featured Akshay Kumar in the lead role alongside  Ileana D'Cruz. The film is loosely based on the K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra court case and narrates the story of a Naval Officer whose wife has an extramarital affair with a businessman.

6. Mission Mangal

Mission Mangal was theatrically released in India on 15 August 2019. The movie is loosely based on the life of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to India's first interplanetary expedition Mars Orbiter Mission, it stars an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, H. G. Dattatreya and Vikram Gokhale. The movie was a commercial sucess.

7. Bhuj: The Pride of India

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 The film was slated for theatrical release worldwide on 14 August 2020 during the Independence Day weekend but was later released on August 13, 2021, on Disney+ Hotstar.  The movie is set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, it is about the life of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, played by Ajay Devgn, the then in charge of the Bhuj Airport. Karnik, with his team, reconstructed the IAF airbase with the help of 300 women from the local village of Madhapar. 

8. Shershaah

The movie was released on Amazon Prime Video on August 12, 2021. Shershaah is a biographical war film directed by Vishnuvardhan based on the life of Param Vir Chakra awardee Army Captain Vikram Batra. Captain Batra led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. He was often referred to as 'Sher Shah' (Lion King) in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army. The movie features Sidharth Malhotra playing the role of Captain Batra.

Image Credits: Sidharth Malhotra, Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar Instagram

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