“If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud,” when Bhagat Singh threw a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly to protest the Defence of India Act, he probably didn’t know how loud his voice would be: that it would still echo in the ears of the youth decades after his death.
On the 80th anniversary of the martyrdom of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, we bring you some of the memorable on-screen depictions of this young revolutionary:
Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963)
The handsome Shammi Kapoor is one of our earliest memories of this fabled freedom fighter. And though Shammi wasn’t the first actor to play Bhagat Singh on screen, he is one of the most memorable ones to do so.
It wasn’t long before ‘Mr. Bharat’ Manoj Kumar took up the mantle of Bhagat Singh on screen. No points for guessing that there’s no competition to Manjo Kumar’s flair as a patriot.
The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002)
It was after a gap of more than 30 years that Bhagat Singh was revisited on screen, and this time with Ajay Devgan donning the tilted hat. Even with the unnecessary romance and mush, this movie scored above 23rd March 1931: Shaheed which released on the exact same day!
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Probably one of the best metaphors for Bhagat Singh, Rang De Basanti drew parallels between the present day struggle against corruption and the fight for independence. The fresh faced Siddharth was Bhagat Singh while Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor and Atul Kulkarni played Chandrashekhar Azad, Rajguru, Ashfaqullah Khan and Ramprasad Bismil respectively.