75 years since India rose as an Independent republic- we have been strengthened by our diverse cultures, languages, and customs, and indomitable stories that have held our heads high! This year, rekindle the joyous emotions of victory, valour, and variety with some of the most loved and unique stories on Netflix that honour the joy, pride and freedom of India – from popular cult-films, family classics, slice-of-life stories to biopics.
Firsts are always special right? Picture a first that just didn’t break shackles, but heralded the arrival of World Champions India!. Relive the historic 1983 World Cup campaign, led by Kapil Dev and team. Directed by Kabir Khan, this rousing sports drama takes you through the thrilling underdog journey of the Indian cricket team to win India’s first ever World Cup, starring Ranveer Singh in a show-stealing performance.
Major is a soul-stirring biopic based on the life of the late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who was martyred in action during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Uncover the story of the real-life hero with writer-actor Adivi Sesh who delivers a magnetic performance, supported by an outstanding cast including Revathi, Prakash Raj and Sobhita Dhulipala.
Mighty Little Bheem: I Love Taj Mahal
This charming animated special follows the adventures of Bheem, as he visits one of the seven wonders of the world and India’s iconic landmark, Taj Mahal, with his family. Explore the world of Indian culture, brought to life by lots of colors, great animation and melodious music as Bheem makes a new friend and helps her find her lost teddy bear before someone steals it.
Minnal Murali (Malayalam)
This Malayalam superhero movie is sure to take you on a delightful ride through the heartlands of Kerala. Starring the very talented Tovino Thomas, Minnal Murali is an origin story of an ordinary man-turned-superhero Murali, who is struck by a bolt of lightning, which bestows him with special powers.
A nine-part anthology film, helmed by veteran filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, brings nine short films about nine human emotions to life. Navarasa, immersed in the nine rasas (emotions) brought together by many leading icons of the industry is a must watch this Independence Day.
Taapsee Pannu displays her acting prowess in the biopic of Mithali Raj, the former captain of the India women’s national cricket team. Based on her struggles to pursue her dream of becoming a cricketer, this film, directed by Srijit Mukherji, is a matter of pride and an inspiration for all.Shabash Mithu will be available on Netflix on August 15th.
The Disciple (Marathi)
Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane and starring Aditya Moda, the story follows the character of Sharad Nerulkar as he finds himself questioning his traditions and discipline in his quest to become the best Indian classical music vocalist. From the award-winning screenplay to the mind-blowing cast performances and impeccable direction, there is nothing that you won’t love about this one.
Considered to be one of the greatest Indian films ever made, this Academy Award nominated sports drama starring Aamir Khan has all the ingredients of a timeless entertainer. It has a melodious soundtrack, stunning visuals and is filled with rousing drama that will keep you hooked every time you watch!
There are movies that entertain you and then there are movies that inspire you. Lakshya does both so well. This Hrithik Roshan starrer is the story of an aimless boy who finds his true purpose after enlisting in the Indian Army as a soldier still resonates with viewers.