Upkar The making of the biggest patriotic film
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
Today, August 15, India celebrates 67 years of Independence. The year 2012 also marks the 45th anniversary of a film that is in its own league - Manoj Kumar's Upkar.
Why does Upkar, Manoj Kumar's first production and also debut directorial at an official level (he ghost-directed the 1965 Shaheed, which he had also written), become the first and most important film when we look at patriotic cinema? In the long annals where we have seen variegated epics on loving the motherland from a Mother India to a Haqeeqat, Manoj's own Shaheed and Purab Aur Pacchim, Border, Sarfarosh, Lagaan and many more, but this film about a farmer still in its own class as an epic benchmark in patriotic motion pictures. The inspiration - the Prime Minister!
Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then-Prime Minister, inspired Manoj Kumar at the special screening of Shaheed in Delhi. "Why don't you make a film on my slogan "Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan"?", a slogan Shastri had coined during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. "Somethin
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