Air Force Day 2021: from ‘Mausam’ to ‘Gunjan Saxena’, 5 films that show the might of the Indian Air Force

The meaning of this verse from Shrimad Bhagwat Gita chapter 11 is ‘Nabha: Sprisham Deeptam’, which is the motto of the Indian Air Force. The Air Force, one of the three main organs of the Indian Army, was established on this day, that is, October 8, 1932. On that day the Royal Indian Air Force was born. Since then, Air Force Day has been celebrated each year on October 8. The Air Force first flew on April 1, 1933. Its first squad consisted of 6 RAF trained officers and 19 air soldiers.

The air force expanded during World War II. During this time, the Air Force was called the Royal Indian Air Force, but the word Royal was dropped as soon as the Republic was formed in 1950. After this, the Indian Air Force began working entirely for India. The responsibility of the Indian Air Force is to protect India from all possible threats, as well as from disaster relief and rescue operations. The Air Force has been involved in many wars, such as World War II, the Indochina War, Operation Cactus, Operation Vijay, the Kargil War, the Indo-Pakistan War, and the Congo Crisis.

Whether the army belongs to any country, the activities that take place within it are always kept secret. How it works, how its jaws live, how they carry out their operations – all these questions are always a source of curiosity for people. In such a situation, it also becomes an interesting subject for the film industry, on which you can produce a feature film. Bollywood has made movies about the stories of the Indian Air Force and its pilots many times. These include Shahid Kapoor’s film Mausam and Janhvi Kapoor’s film Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl.

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Let us know about 5 movies showing the power of the Indian Air Force.

The Royal Indian Air Force was established on October 8, 1932, the first flight took place on April 1, 1933.

1. Movie- Mausam

Release date: year 2011

Starcast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Aditi Sharma, Supriya Pathak, and Anupam Kher

Director – Pankaj Kapoor

The history of this romantic film Mausam, starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, spans more than a decade from 1992 to 2002. The film describes unfortunate events such as the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the Bombay riots, the 9/11 terrorist attacks. and the Godhra incident in the middle of a love story. In this, the loving couple reaches a happy point in socio-political situations. In this, Shahid Kapoor played the role of a pilot in the Indian Air Force. How a pilot balances his professional life and his personal life has been well demonstrated in this film.

2. Movie- Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil

When it is published – year 2020

Starcast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij, Riva Arora, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Manish Verma, and Vineet Kumar

Director- Sharan Sharma

‘Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl’ is not just a Kargil war story. This is the story of a girl who has lived in Lucknow for thirty years, whose dream is to become a pilot. The mother feels that by doing some tricks, the ghost of becoming a pilot will come down from the girl’s head. Even the brother does not like this attitude of his sister. She begins trying to become a commercial pilot and one day becomes an Air Force pilot. The film is based on the life of Gunjan Saxena, the first female pilot in the Indian Air Force, in which Janhvi Kapoor has played the lead role. In this, Pankaj Tripathi played the role of Gunjan Saxena’s father.

3. Movie- Winner (Vijeta)

When was it released – 1982

Starcast: Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Amrish Puri, Kunal Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, and Om Puri

Director- Govind Nihalani

The film Vijeta is known for its authentic portrayal of the inner workings between the Indian Air Force and its pilots. The film is also known for its rare aerial photography of fighter jets incorporated into the Indian Air Force in the 1980s. Its hero Angad (Kunal Kapoor) becomes a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force and is shown flying a MiG-21. Kunal Kapoor is the son of evergreen actor Shashi Kapoor. At the 1982 Filmfare Awards, the film won three awards for Best Cinematography, Sound and Editing.

4. Movie: Rang De Basanti

When it was launched – year 2006

Starcast: Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, R Madhavan and Siddharth

Director- Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Superstar Aamir Khan’s film Rang De Basanti depicted a very different side of the Indian Air Force. It features Flight Lieutenant Ajay Singh Rathod (R Madhavan) on the one hand as a brave soldier who risks his life to save hundreds of lives, and the Defense Minister as a corrupt man on the other. In the picture, he bought cheap and illegal MiG fighter jets. after taking bribes. Ajay Singh dies while flying in this flawed plane, after which his friends together reveal this corruption. It obtained the title of Best Picture during the Filmfare Awards.

5. Movie: Hindustan Ki Kasam

When was it released – year 1973

Starcast: Raj Kumar, Amjad Khan, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh, Amrish Puri, and Chetan Anand

Director- Chetan Anand

Directed by Chetan Anand, the film ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ was based on the 1971 war as Ajay Devgan’s recent release ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’. In this war between India and Pakistan, the Indian army carried out ‘Operation Lily’. The film did not do very well at the box office back then, but then the film was highly praised. It featured Raj Kumar, Amjad Khan, Amrish Puri, and Parikshit Sahni in lead roles. In this, the history of the strong intentions and sacrifices of the Indian Air Force has been shown in the 1971 war. Ajay Devgan has played the role in ‘Bhuj’, while Rajkumar has played ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’.

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