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Films to watch on Republic Day 2021: URI The Surgical Strike, Aamir Khan’s Dangal

Here are the movies and shows you can stream on ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, Apple TV Plus and Voot among others.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai |
Updated: January 26, 2021 9:36:46 pm
Rang De BasantiRang De Basanti is streaming on Netflix. (Express archive photo)

Holidays are meant for outings, and outings usually involve some amount of movie-watching. However, due to the pandemic, we have been sitting at homes and enjoying entertainers on our private screens, thanks to a plethora of OTT platforms. And since today is a national holiday, it only makes sense to watch some rousing, patriotic entertainers and remember what our country stands for.

While a whole lot of ‘patriotic’ movies have been produced in the past, not many are holistic, unbiased and have a nuanced structure. A few noteworthy ‘patriotic’ films include the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Swades, Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Taapsee Pannu actioner Naam Shabana, Gandhi, Neerja, Take Off and of course, the ever-popular Rang De Basanti.

The popularity of Aamir Khan-starrer Rang De Basanti is bittersweet even to its filmmaker. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had mentioned in an earlier interview with The Hindu, “If Rang De is relevant even today, it means that nothing has changed around us but we have to keep trying. I really hope Rang De Basanti stops being relevant at some point because it talks about a society which is corruption free. It talks about the youngsters and has a conversation with them about being a part of the idea of India. The idea of making that film emerged from the angst inside me and so it was really a hope for change.”

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Here's what you can watch on OTT platforms today.

21:36 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran on Netflix

John Abraham and Diana Penty-starrer Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is the story of the armed forces that arrive in Pokhran to re-conduct a confidential nuclear test, where they face challenges from the American Lacrosse satellite and local spies. With their patriotic hearts and unbreakable spirits, the armed forces against time to conduct the tests. Parmanu, directed by Abhishek Sharma, is streaming on Netflix.

20:55 (IST)26 Jan 2021
The Legend of Bhagat Singh on Netflix

The Legend of Bhagat Singh with Ajay Devgn in the eponymous role is the story of one of India's greatest revolutionaries, who raised an armed resistance against the British rule and helped the country on the path to freedom. The 2002 Rajkumar Santoshi-directorial traces Bhagat Singh's life and his journey, as it takes the audience through the multiple atrocities that he faced and decided to stand up to. It is streaming on Netflix.

20:42 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Lakshya on Netflix

Lakshya, starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in the lead roles, is the coming-of-age story of an aimless youngster, who finds a purpose and direction in life in serving the country. Lakshya, directed by Farhan Akhtar, is streaming on Netflix.

20:26 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Take off on Disney Plus Hotstar

Take Off, starring Parvathy Thiruvothu and Fahadh Faasil, is a Malayalam drama-thriller based on a real-life rescue mission to save the Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit, Iraq, during the country's civil war in 2014. The film that earned Parvathy a special jury mention at the 2018 National Awards is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar.

19:16 (IST)26 Jan 2021
URI: The Sugrical Strike on ZEE5

The 2019 blockbuster war thriller, URI: The Surgical Strike, starred Vicky Kaushal in the lead role. The Adtiya Dhar-directorial was a fictionalised account of India's retalition to the 2016 Uri attacks. The film is streaming on ZEE5.

19:02 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Raazi on Amazon Prime Video

The Alia Bhatt-led 2018 spy-thriller is an adaptation of author Harinder Sikka's Calling Sehmat about a RAW agent, who is married to a family of military officials in Pakistant to give information to India. Directed by Meghna Gulzar with adapted screenplay by her and Bhavani Iyer, Raazi is a  empathetic, feminist interpretation of patriotism. It's streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

17:06 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Chak De! India on Amazon Prime Video

Former captain of Indian men's hockey team coaches a talented but inexperienced bunch of women hockey players to a world cup victory as he battles religious bigotry and women fight patriarchy, sexism and ethnic prejudice. Shah Rukh Khan leads this Shimit Amin directed 2007 feminist-patriotic drama. Chak De! India is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

16:05 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag on Dinsey Plus Hotstar

Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and Divya Dutta, Bhaag Milka Bhaag chronicles the struggle of Milkha Singh, also called 'The Flying Sikh', from being an orphan to becoming one of India's greatest atheletes. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar.

15:50 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Baby on Disney Plus Hotstar

Baby, starring Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu and Rana Daggubatti, is about a special intelligence task force that will stop at nothing to foil another such assault after 26/11 Mumbai attacks on the Indian soil.

15:47 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Rang De Basanti on Netflix

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rang De Basanti takes the audience on a ride with six young Indians helping an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past. Starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan and R Madhavan among others, Rang De Basanti is streaming on Netflix. The film is touted as essential viewing on both Independence and Republic Day.

15:14 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Neerja on Disney Plus Hotstar

Neerja, the biopic of the brave Neerja Bhanot, the head purser who sacrificed her life for the safety of her passengers when terrorists hijacked Pan Am Flight 73, is another reminder of the patriotism of the young India. The poignant drama stars Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot and has been directed by Ram Madhavani.  It is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar.

15:00 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Dangal on Netflix

The Aamir Khan-led film is the biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who gave rise to India’s first female wrestler that won at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal displays the struggle of two female wrestlers as they embark on a journey towards glory in the face of societal oppression. The film is streaming on Netflix. Dangal also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and Sakshi Tanwar.

14:41 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Article 15 on Netflix

Article 15, directed by Anubhav Sinha, makes for a perfect watch on Republic Day as it highlights the importance of the ideals of India's Constitution. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Sayani Gupta and written by Gaurav Solanki, Article 15 is streaming on Netflix.

India became a republic 71 years ago as Dr BR Ambedkar drated the Constitution. In the backdrop of rape of two Dalit girls, Anubhav Sinha tries to make a commentary on the caste-based discrimination in the country and how it goes against Article 15 that prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste. sex or place of birth.


A recent well-made movie that can be an ideal watch today is the Janhvi Kapoor-Pankaj Tripathi film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. Inspired by the true story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, the Sharan Sharma directorial not only celebrates the armed forces, but is also a touching, inspiring tale of a father AND daughter. It is a film that shows us that to be a great nation and to lead by example, we need to treat everyone equally, regardless of their gender, religion, caste or class. A noteworthy point to remember on this momentous day.