#Independence Day Special: 5 Bollywood movies that explore India-Pakistan ties



Ever since that fateful night in 1947, Indians and Pakistanis have shared a love-hate relationship with each other, and Bollywood films have got a lot to do with that.

Be it showing what’s common in the neighbouring countries or showing the tension at the border areas, Bollywood films have played a major role in shaping the mentalities of both Indians and Pakistanis, and with the recent success of Pakistani dramas in India, there is a newfound love for Pakistani culture and art that we never knew we had.

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On the eve of Pakistan’s Independence Day, and keeping up with our Independence Day special stories, here are some Bollywood movies that explored the bitter-sweet relationship between India and Pakistan, different from the usual war-based movies.

Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)

Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)


Set a few years after the partition, this movie is about Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) who crosses the border to reunite with his wife Sakeena (Ameesha Patel), who has been kept under house arrest by her father Ashraf Ali (Amrish Puri) to fulfill his political motives. The movie was a blockbuster success and is remembered for its heavy duty dialogues and action.

Khamosh Pani (2004)

Khamosh Pani (2004)


If anyone has any doubts about the acting prowess of Kirron Kher, they should watch this movie. The movie is about a Sikh woman, left behind in Pakistan after the partition, where she gets married and converts to Islam. The movie won several international awards and acclaims after its 2004 release, and is probably the only film directed by a Pakistani (Sabiha Sumar) and starring Indian actors (Kirron Kher, Shilpa Shukla).
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Veer Zaara (2004)

Veer Zaara (2004)


Probably one of the few films that proved Shah Rukh Khan’s mettle as an actor, this Yash Chopra marvel was about an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl who fall in love, only to be destined to wait for each other for 22 years, and that too in each other’s motherland. The movie showed how similar Pakistanis are to Indians, and how we both have good and bad on both sides of the border.

Filmistaan (2014)

Filmistaan (2014)


The National Award winning movie talked of the common love for movies that people on both sides of the border enjoy. It was about Sunny (Sharib Hashmi), an aspiring actor from India who gets kidnapped and is held hostage in a Pakistani’s house, where he sees the DVDs of several Hindi films, hinting at the love for Bollywood that Pakistanis have.
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)


The most recent film to have showcased the beauty of Indo-Pak relations is Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which we saw an Indian guy Bajrangi (Salman Khan) stepping into Pakistan to reunite a lost Pakistani child Munni (Harshalee) with her family, with the help of a Pakistani journalist Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). This movie was released in Pakistan for positive reviews and commercial success.