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Indian Air Force Day: 5 Times Bollywood Powerfully Depicted IAF

The Indian Air Force day is celebrated on 8th October every year to mark the IAF’s foundation and the heroic spirit that the organization shows in delivering its duty of protecting the Indian airspace and doing warfare amid any clash. On this day, in 1932, the Indian Air Force was officially recognized as the supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

The Indian Air Force day is celebrated to honour the dedication of air warriors and their families. The Indian cinema has often tried to depict the Air Force department by spinning different stories around them. Sometimes, IAF based films have failed to create an impact. However, some movies have really got the IAF essence right and raise awareness about what it takes to be an Air Force officer.

As IAF celebrates its 89th foundation day today, let’s look at 5 Bollywood movies that powerfully depicted the Air Force department:

Bhuj: The Pride of India

Director: Abhishek Dudhaiya

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Nora Fatehi, Sonakshi Sinha

Based on the bombed Indian Air Force airstrip in Bhuj incident that took place during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Bhuj: The Pride of India recreated the whole incident of how Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik took the help of 300 villagers – mostly women to restore the bombed Bhuj airspace within a time period of just 72 hours. The film did justice in bringing the act of courage to screen and the story of bravery shown by the IAF and the villagers. 

Check out the trailer here:

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Director: Sharan Sharma

Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Ayesha Raza Mishra

Based on the life of Flight lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, the first Air Force women officer to go to war, the film brilliantly captured the history that Gunjan made during the Kargil War between India and Pakistan in 1999. During the operation, she flew a cheetah aircraft in a combat zone and rescued many soldiers. In fact, during the Kargil, the IAF pilot’s aircraft almost missed the enemy missile. However, Gunjan continued with her duties. The film stood true to its title, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. 

Check out the trailer here:

URI: The Surgical Strike

Director: Aditya Dhar

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina 

URI: The Surgical Strike was primarily based on the Indian Army surgical strikes that they conducted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as a retaliatory action after the Uri attack that claimed 18 jawans of the Indian Army. However, the Indian Air Force also played a pivotal role during the operation that many did not know about. However, the film powerfully depicted the role of IAF Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur, who defied all odds to extract the striking team safely and strategizing with the team leader for their safe return from the enemy. 

Check out the trailer here:

Mausam

Director: Pankaj Kapur 

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak

Though the film primarily is a romantic love story, it beautifully captures the essence of what it takes to be an Air Force pilot. The movie focuses more on what goes behind the scenes rather than on the field. The film tells the love story of Squadron Leader Harrinder Singh and his lady love Aayat. Spanning over a period of 10 years, the film showcased a lot of events, including Babri Masjid demolition, Bombay Riots, Kargil War, 1993 Bombay Bombings, 9/11 attacks, among others. 

Check out the trailer here:

Veer Zaara

Director: Yash Chopra

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Manoj Bajpayee

Veer Zaara depicts the eternal love story of an Indian Air Force pilot Veer Pratap Singh and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan. Though the film focuses on Veer and Zaara’s love life, you will notice some or the other Indian Air Force elements in the movie that tell the endurance level of Air Force officers and how they are built strongly to manage in any and every situation that life throws on them.

Check out the trailer here: 

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