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It marks 22 years since the Kargil war broke out between Indian and Pakistan in 1999 which lasted 60 days and culminated with India successfully taking control of the region, Kargil district of Kashmir. To this day, India’s win over Pakistan in Kargil is one of the most significant victories which is accredited to the strategy of Indian Army and the brave soldiers who fought for our country.
No amount of films can honour the martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting in the war. However, we can remember them and their sacrifice through the movies that rightly captured their zeal, patriotism and the heroic efforts of Indian soldiers in the war.
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Here are 5 movies based on the Indo-Pakistan War of 1999 that everyone should watch on Kargil Vijay Diwas to celebrate the historic victory and sacrifice of Indian Army in the war.
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Farhan Akhtar delivers a masterpiece set in the backdrop of Kargil war which taps into a soldier’s life and how his outlook changes once he dons the uniform of Indian Army. Lakshya is a story of a fictional Karan Shergill who has no aim (lakshya) in life but decides to join armed forces. He is called to LoC as the war breaks out which becomes his ultimate goal.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020)
Indian Air Force, the air arm of the Indian armed forces, also had a significant role in the war. What makes this movie special is Gunjan Saxena was one of the first Indian female air-force pilots sent to fight the war. She later came to be known as ‘the Kargil girl’, hence the title of the movie. It shows she was trained for the battle and the vigor with which she fought.
LOC Kargil (2003)
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The multi-starrer, super lengthy film is based on the real-life events and happenings that unfolded in the Kargil war. It shows the undying devotion of Indian soldiers to the nation, while also highlighting their personal lives and familial duties that we often forget they also leave behind when they go to the war. It’s a must-watch!
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If you ever wondered what happens when the news of a soldier martyred in the war reaches his family, you must see Dhoop to feel the pain and empathise with the families of the martyrs. It is based on the life and family of one of the soldiers of the Indian Army, Capt Anuj Nayyar (played by Saif Ali Khan in LOC Kargil), who led the combat and sacrificed his life in the war.
Tango Charlie (2005)
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The unsung heroes of the war, the BSF and CRPF jawans and how they control riots across North India amid the Kargil war is depicted in Tango Charlie which stars Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty and Ajay Devgn in lead roles. Doel plays a young BSF soldier who evolves into a fighter.