War films have always been a trend in Bollywood. How the subject is presented depends on the filmmaker. In Hindi films, war is almost always glorified where sons (and occasionally daughters) of the land can lay down their lives for the glory of the country. Then, some choose to describe the living conditions and hardships of people dedicated to defending their homeland. Let us have a look at some such films in which an attempt has been made to show the war from a different perspective.
The most recent film that comes to mind is Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani starrer Shershaah. The film is a biopic of Captain Vikram Batra, who was martyred during the 1999 Kargil War. The film was successful in focusing primarily on the life of Captain Vikram Batra and stayed away from any instances of chauvinism.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl was released in the year 2020. In this film, Janhvi Kapoor appeared in the role of Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena. She was the first female pilot to fight in the war, and the focus of the story was more on how a woman excelled in a male-dominated field rather than the battle itself.
Based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the film evoked strong emotions and is one of the few war-based films with an anti-war message. The last 15 minutes of the film reflect on the futility of war and the devastation it will cause on both sides.
This 1964 film is based on the Indo-China War of 1962, which began as a struggle for territorial sovereignty. The Rejang La battle, which was believed to be the only battle of the war in which India was victorious, serves as the foundation of the film.
The film ‘LOC: Kargil’ is based on the Kargil war and featured an ensemble cast such as Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Manoj Bajpayee, Sanjay Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna.