Bhagat Singh, India’s famous freedom fighter, gave his life for our country’s freedom. He was only 23 years old when he, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru gave their lives for India’s independence from British rule on March 23, 1931. Some of the most influential revolutionaries are Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru. Their lives continue to be a great source of inspiration even 92 years after their execution. These freedom fighters’ lives have inspired not only India’s independence movement but also Bollywood. Their lives have served as inspiration for several Bollywood films over the years. On March 23, Martyrs’ Day, also known as Shaheed Diwas or Sarvodaya Day, is observed.
We have compiled a list of 7 Bollywood films based on the life of Bhagat Singh in honor of the 92nd Shaheed Diwas
Rang De Basanti (2006)
The title of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra-directed film, “Rang De Basanti,” means “Paint me with the colors of spring.” Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, and British actress Alice Patten star in the film. The plot revolves around a group of friends who collaborate on a documentary film about revolutionaries.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Ajay Devgn plays the lead character in the movie, which was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. “The Legend of Bhagat Singh” beautifully depicts Bhagat Singh’s struggle for Indian independence as well as his views on the British Raj. British soldiers try to dispose of Singh’s body in the opening scene of the movie, and as it moves along, flashbacks to Singh’s past are used to tell his story. Three Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards were given to the film for Best Feature Film.
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Bobby Deol plays Bhagat Singh in the film ’23rd March 1931: Shaheed,’ Sunny Deol plays Chandrashekhar Azad, and Amrita Singh plays Bhagat Singh’s mother. One of the songs features a cameo appearance by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The events leading up to the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev are portrayed in the movie. The release of the film coincided with the release of another film based on Bhagat Singh’s life, titled “The Legend of Bhagat Singh.” Both films were critically acclaimed but failed at the box office.
Sonu Sood plays Bhagat Singh in the film “Shaheed-E-Azam.” The film depicts Bhagat Singh’s decision to end the British Raj in India, his plotting of several attacks on the colonial rulers, and his execution for killing a British officer.
Starring alongside Manoj Kumar in the S. Ram Sharma-directed film “Shaheed” are Kamini Kaushal, Pran, Iftekhar, Nirupa Roy, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, and Anwar Hussain. The story of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev is told in the movie, along with how their young ages led to their being executed. These revolutionaries’ sacrifices eventually led to India’s independence from colonial rule.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963)
Bhagat Singh is portrayed by Shammi Kapoor in the KN Bansal-directed movie. Along with Shammi Kapoor, the film stars Shakeela, Premnath, Ulhas, and Achla Sachdev.
Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat Singh (1954)
The first film based on Bhagat Singh’s life is Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat Singh. Prem Abeed, Jairaj, Smriti Biswas, and Ashita Mazumdar star in the film, which is directed by Jagdish Gautam. The film also includes Mohammed Rafi’s melodious rendition of the classic patriotic song “Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab humare dil main hain.”
Bhagat Singh was a true social inspiration. His sacrifice at such a young age established him as a truly brave Indian revolutionary. Indians will always remember him. For centuries, his persona will inspire India’s younger generation.