The liberation war of 1971 is associated with the culture and values of the Bengali nation of Bangladesh. Millions of lives have been sacrificed in this liberation war for the freedom to practice culture in an independent country. Since the birth of Bangladesh, creative movie makers have served to portray the great history of the country and the nation on the silver screen. This article will feature some of the best liberation war-based films in the history of Bangladesh.
Top 10 Movies Based on the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh
Aguner Poroshmoni / Humayun Ahmed / 1994 / IMDb: 9.1
This film, made by the late Humayun Ahmed, the magician storyteller of Bangladesh, is based on the liberation war of 1971. This well-known novelist turned his own novel into a film. Both the novel and the film hold the same title.
The film depicts a tale of Mr. Matin's family in 1971. As the story advances, a new member called Badi joins the middle class family as a guest. Later Badi, who was a freedom fighter, got shot while carrying out an operation against Pakistani troops and was taken back home. A curfew just then was imposed across the city and the family was eagerly waiting to take Badi to hospital.
The cinema stars Bipasha Hayat, Asaduzzaman Nur, Abul Hayat, Dolly Zahur. This film won National Film Awards in eight categories, including Best Picture.
Ora Egaro Jon / Chashi Nazrul Islam / 1972 / IMDb: 8.9
It was the first film to be shot in post-independence Bangladesh, set against the backdrop of the Great War of Independence of 1971. Directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, this film is notable for featuring the famous speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, 1971. Some of the actors in this movie were also freedom fighters. They were Khasru, Murad, Helal and Nantu. The film also stars Razzak, Shabana, Nutan, Syed Hasan Imam, Khalilullah Khan, and many more. The film got the National Film Award as the Best Picture.
Shyamol Chhaya / Humayun Ahmed / 2005 / IMDb: 8.6
This film was also directed and written by the late Humayun Ahmed. The magical specialty of this film is that even without showing the battle scene directly, the atmosphere of the war was highlighted in it.
The film is based on the story of a group of people who fled the war in 1971 to save their lives. They were rushing to a safe destination in an engine-driven boat, although they are not sure if safety will be found anywhere!
The film stars Humayun Faridi, Meher Afroz Shaon, Shimul, Riaz, Tania Ahmed, and Ahmed Rubel.
Hangor Nodi Grenade / Chashi Nazrul Islam / 1997 / IMDb: 8.5
Hangor Nodi Grenade is, in fact, a novel by Selina Hossain published in 1976. She wrote this novel based on the true story of a mother’s sacrifice during the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. The mother introduced her mute son as a freedom fighter to save two other freedom fighters from Pakistani soldiers. Film director Chashi Nazrul Islam turned this novel into a movie of the same name.