The Indian Army responded to the September 11 Poonch attack and September 18 Uri attack with surgical strikes in PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) on September 28.
Director General of Military Operation (DGMO), Lt General Ranbir Singh told the country in a press conference that the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads along the Line of Control in Kashmir, wiping out several terrorist training camps.
“The Army has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC and significant casualties have been caused. The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory,” Singh said in a joint press conference with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Special commandos of the Indian Army crossed the Line of Control into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last night and conducted the operation, and came back to India without any casualty on this side.
Indians all over the world are hailing the decision by the Indian Army to hit back at terrorists. Bollywood, on its part, has time and again dealt with the subject of India-Pakistan wars and covert operations. Patriotism has been a tried and tested theme in Bollywood movies for over several decades now.
We take a look at five Hindi films where India and Pakistan were at loggerheads with each other and India came out victorious.
1. Phantom (2015)
Kabir Khan’s Phantom is the most recent film to show an Indian carrying out a covert operation inside Pakistan to eliminate one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Hafiz Saeed. Saeed, who is best known as the mastermind behind the dastardly 26/11 Mumbai attacks, got Phantom banned in Pakistan because the film had him being killed by Saif Ali Khan’s character. Phantom didn’t make much of an impression on the box office, but was praised for its concept.
2. Lakshya (2004)
Directed by Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan-starrer Lakshya had at its core the journey of aimless youngster Karan Shergil, who joins the Indian Army and sees his life change. The film saw the 1999 Kargil War on 70mm, with Indian soldiers taking control of the Tiger Hill. Lakshya ends with Karan limping to the peak after snatching it back from Pakistani infiltrators and planting the Indian flag atop the hill to deafening applause from viewers.
3. LOC Kargil (2003)
JP Dutta’s LOC Kargil, as the name suggests, is his war drama on the 1999 Kargil War. The film brings to film Operation Vijay around the Line of Control. Despite not being able to do much in terms of box-office success, the film is among the well-known war films from Bollywood.
4. Border (1997)
Who can forget JP Dutta’s classic Border? Based on the 1971 India-Pakistan War, the Sunny Deol-starrer is a war epic, and the most oft-quoted war film in Bollywood. The film is JP Dutta’s adaptation of the Battle of Longewala, and the events that took place during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
5. Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)
Chetan Anand’s 1973 war drama starring Raj Kumar didn’t receive much success upon release, but became a cult classic over the years after its release. The film was based on Operation Cactus Lilly during the 1971 India-Pakistan War.
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