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Remembering the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 5 Bollywood Films That Recount the Horrors of Brutal Murders


A picture of Sardar Udham with Vicky Kaushal

Strong points

  • The few scenes of Anushka Sharma’s film Phillauri were shot in Jallianwala Bagh.
  • Sardar Udham played actor Vicky Kaushal in the lead role
  • The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a near recreation of Freedom Fighter Bhagat Singh

April 13 marks 103 years since the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which peaceful, unarmed protesters were killed on the orders of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer. Many people shared their feelings while recounting the killings. Some filmmakers did their best to show our Indian audience what the situation was like at the site of the massacre. Discover five important Hindi films that shed light on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Jallianwala Bagh (1977)

This film which starred Vinod Khanna, Parikshat Sahni, Shabana Azmi, Gulzar and Deepti Naval in the lead roles, was directed by Balraj Tah. The screenplay of the film is written by Gulzar. It depicts the story of Shaheed Udham Singh who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer in 1940 to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh murders.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

The film is directed by director Rajkumar Santoshi. It is said to be a close recreation of Richard Attenborough’s Freedom Fighter Bhagat Singh, where Sardar Udham Singh was inspired to become a revolutionary after the Jallianwala Bagh incident.

Rank Of Basanti (2006)

Filmmaker Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra also put several scenes in his film Rang De Basanti to depict the massacre and its influence on the freedom fighters.

Phillauri (2017)

Some of the scenes from Anushka Sharma’s film Phillauri were shot in Jallianwala Bagh. In the film, the spirit of the main character played by Anushka Sharma cannot find peace after her lover, played by Diljit Dosanjh, is killed in Jallianwala Bagh.

Sardar Udham (2021)

Sardar Udham is an Indian Hindi language 2021, which starred actor Vicky Kaushal in the lead role with Shaun Scott, Stephen Hogan, Amol Parashar, Banita Sandhu and Kirsty Averton in supporting roles. This biographical drama is directed by Shoojit Sircar, its screenplay is written by Shubhendu Bhattacharya and Ritesh Shah.