India's freedom struggle has never stopped inspiring us. The liberation and patriotism over the years have influenced not only the common man but also influenced the Bollywood industry time and again. By bringing forth the tales of influential revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, many filmmakers have been encouraged to depict their life story on the silver.
The Bollywood Industry salutes and pays their tribute to our three martyrs by looking back at the films made in their honour in Hindi Cinema. The three brave men were executed by the British Empire on March 23 1931.
The first film based on Bhagat Singh's life, ' Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat Singh ' a film directed by Jagidsh Gautama had Prem Adeeb, Jairaj, Smriti Biswas and Ashita Mazumdar in the star cast.
The film boasted on the classical patriotic song, ' Safaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamaare Dil Mein Hai' sung by the legend Mohammed Rafi with his melodious voice that kept us enchanted .
Almost a decade later after the film release we had Shammi Kapoor appear in and as the ' Shaheed Bhagat Singh ' , starring along with him were Shakeela, Premnath and Achla Sachdev in pivotal roles , a film directed by K N. Bansal.
Actor Manoj Kumar was known as ' Bharath Kumar' who had built his reputation with the popular role in the film, ' Shaheed '. At the 13th National Awards function, the film won award for the Best Feature film in Hindi.
' Shaheed ' had the entire nation humming the patriotic composition like ' Aye Watan aye watan humko teri kasam', ' Sarforosh ki Tamanna, 'O mere rang de basanti Chola and ' Pagadi Sambhaal sung by the legendary voices of Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey who graced these songs with their vocals.
Bhagat Singh stories was once again revived in 2002 on the celluloid with three or more films releasing in the same year. In the 2002 ' Shaeed-e-Azam' Sonu Sood played the role of Singh. Followed by the Deol brothers , Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol who starred in the retake of Bhagat Singh's life released with ' The Legend of Bhagat Singh '. Though the films failed at the box office it did receive tremendous and significant appreciation. The film in which Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a special appearance also had a star cast of Amrita Singh, Rahul Dev and Divya Dutta.
Later we had Rajkumar Santoshi who directed Ajay Devgan as Bhagat Singh and focused on his independent views against British India , depicting the development and his ideologies and opening of Saunder's murder case and witnessing the death of Lala Lajpat Rai . The film went on to win two National Awards which included a Best Feature Film Award in Hindi and the Best Actor Award to Ajay Devgan in the role of ' Bhagat Singh'
Actor Aamir Khan continued this trend and delivered a critically acclaimed blockbuster film, ' Rang De Basanti ' by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra which released on the Republic day in the year 2006. The film had a different approach towards the legend Bhagat Singh and was made with a story that related with the modern youth. The multi co-star film topped on the chart with A.R Rahman's music, and with a bubbly lively star cast of Siddharth, Soha Ali khan, Kunal Kapoor , R. Madhavan , Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and Aamir Khan had roped in the British actress Alice Patten. The film went on to be super success with the strong ensemble star cast was a sure shot to a winning film besides the legendary story.