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7 moments war movies made us cry heart out

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Apart from the tragedies revolving around love stories, movies from different genres always find a way to dwell in the eyes of the audience with tears. Believe it or not one such genre is war movies. Now many fanatics will fathom as to why such a genre which involves tales of sacrifice and bravery at it’s finest but the truth is war movies from the past few decades have given us the thrill and the emotional relationship with the characters. Sorry Hatchiko, your tale would be told some other day.
Here are seven moments in war movies which made the audience cry:-

7. THE LITTLE BOY WHO WAS HANGED (ENEMY AT THE GATES)

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Considered to be one of the best dramatisation of the Battle of Stalingrad, Enemy at the gates is based on the story of the legendary Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev. But the saddest part of this war drama is portrayed best in the scene in which Sacha Filipov (Gabriel Thomson) is found hanging by a pole, the teenage kid’s death horrifies Vassili and Tania Chernova, and sparks a sense of revenge in Vassili. While Vassili takes the revenge in the end by shooting the German sniper Erwin Konig (Ed Harris) in the head with his Mosin Nagant, but the loss of a dear friend and most importantly a kid brought tears to the eyes.

6. ONE LAST CALL (LONE SURVIVOR)

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This 2013 war drama flick is based on the failed operation Red Wings in the Hindukush Mountains. A four men Navy Seal team is sent to track down and kill the Taliban leader Ahmed Shah. While taking heavy fire from the Taliban fighters, Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) decides to climb up the ridge and establish a contact with the base for emergency evacuation, while everybody in the team has taken serious injuries, Murphy gives away his extra mags to his teammates and starts climbing the ridge. The squad gives covering fire and he finally reaches the top. The breaking point however comes when he makes the call in a faint voice and gets shot in the back 3-4 times, he dies kneeling on the top. Such a sacrifice for his team made the audience cry.

5. I WANT A BOY JAMES (THE HURT LOCKER)

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The final moments of this award winning drama gives us chills when Sgt. J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) drives with Sgt. First class William James (Jeremy Renner), the music is low paced and dark. A depressed Sanborn asks James “how do you do it?” and breaks down due to stress and battle fatigue, his desperation to go home and live a normal life is what brings tears to the eyes.

4. THE FAREWELL (AMERICAN SNIPER)

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The tale of the legendary Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the epicentre of this war movie. While the movie has it’s fair share of emotional moments, it’s the closing credits which gave the feeling of losing a legend as the final ride towards the grave is seen flanked by thousands of civilians and military personnel waving flags and bidding farewell. A hero’s send-off probably
is the most emotional thing to behold.

3. ONE LAST STAND (BLACK HAWK DOWN)

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The heroic last stand to rescue the fallen Black Hawk Super Six’s surviving pilot Michael Durant is one of the most gripping scenes from the movie and an emotional one as well. Both the soldiers hold back the Somali fighters until they are overrun by the mob, their supreme sacrifice was the reason they were given the Medal of Honor posthumously.

2. I COULD’VE SAVED MORE (SCHINDLER’S LIST)

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Oscar Schindler’s (LIAM NESSON’S) final speech marks the end of this great World War 2 drama. The handful Jewish workers he manages to save from execution present him with a ring and a letter signed from each one of the workers. As a saddened Oscar walks out of the camp only to break down in the middle saying “I could’ve saved more”. The scene is both eye welling and one of the most beautifully acted by the actor.

1. ANGELS ON OUR SHOULDERS (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN)

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Perhaps the best war movie ever made, this epic world war 2 flick ends with Capt. John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) shooting an oncoming Tiger tank with his Colt 1911 pistol, with a bullet wound in the chest, he manages to crawl up to a place for support and starts shooting the oncoming tank which eventually gets blown away by a P 51 Mustang. Private Ryan (Matt Damon) says “tank busters sir” to which a dying John replies “angels on our shoulders” the scene flows with emotions as John whispers in the Private’s ears “Ryan earn this.”
The loss of such a great leader is felt by the whole team, even the hardshell Riben cries in the end.

They say to feel something, you need to be there. Well in his case, he feels it well enough inside his grey matter. Versed in wars and thriller genres he can manage to portrayal of a soldier, a psychopath, and all the way back to a common guy who fights his inner demons every second. Get him in the mood and he'll spin a verse no matter what the circumstances might be because writing is his drug, which he doesn't want to escape.

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2 years and we still can’t get over the stunning Bajirao Mastani : A love story that is worth reminiscing.

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Bajirao Mastani was an exotic and eternal love story that not only touched our hearts but remained there forever. A movie that was much awaited, it was truly a stunner with unique dialogues and extraordinary performances. The protagonists Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani left everybody dumbstruck. Their performances reflected the depth of the characters so well that they became an asset to love and compassion.

On the other hand, the role of Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai and her sarcastic dialogues full of self-respect remain unmatched to the date. Every single artist performed with such excellence that nobody could deny the greatness of the script. Indeed, it was not just the script that was flawless.

Being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, it had astonishing background sets, quick and heartwarming dialogues, expressive songs, energetic dances and most importantly, the perfect portrayal of characters. A story picked from the lost pages of history created history that is now eternal.

THOSE FASCINATING DIALOGUES :

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This is simply the tip of the iceberg. The intensity and demeanor of the dialogues made us review our take on love, life and eternity. They were beautifully written by Prakash Kapadia who and each line felt so pure. The music and dance received appreciation from both the audience and critics.

From Pinga to Deewani Mastani and from Mohe Rang Do Laal to Malhari, all of them were unique in their own creation. Where Deepika received laurels for her Mohe Rang Do Laal dance, Ranveer once again proved he was the power house of this industry with his Malhari dance. Also, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recreated the magic of Dola Re Dola from Devdas in the form of Pinga where Priyanka and Deepika were immensely praised.

A never-ending journey of excellence, Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet again proved as the master of beautiful sets, captivating costumes, eye-catching jewelry and flawless direction. The man who revived his films so beautifully made this masterpiece that will live in the history of cinema.

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Sanju is just a handful of Sanjay Dutt’s life. One must know him better before judging him.

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“My confinement days have been nothing less than a roller coaster ride. To look at the positive side, it has taught me a lot and made me a better individual.”
~ Sanjay Dutt

The movie Sanju is genuinely one of the awaited films of 2018. The trailer has already created buzz and the movie looks really captivating and promising.

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A biopic on the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the movie circumspects almost all major happenstance in the actor’s life. This is inclusive of different phases from his drug addiction to his underworld connections, his father Sunil Dutt’s infinite faith in him, his ‘308 girlfriends’ and others instances from his life.

Initially, it was a rumour that Ranbir Kapoor cannot live up to the audience’s expectations but when the teaser was released, it created endless buzz among the crowd. His incarnation of the actor is truly remarkable. From Sanjay’s looks to manners, dialect and accent, Ranbir rocked it all!
The trailer did throw light on various incidents in his life. Nonetheless, there is still a lifelong spirit that we are unaware of.

Reasons for imprisonment

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Sanjay Dutt earned paramount fame with his début in 1981 with his movie ‘Rocky’. Just as he became an emerging star in Bollywood, he jeopardized his career and put his life in harm’s way owing to his drug addictions. He was taught another life changing lesson when he was allegedly arrested and convicted for illegal possession of weapons. This emerged into an even graver offense when his crimes related to the case of 1993 Mumbai serial bombings!

The jail trauma

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“Staying away from my family and my loved ones was a challenge. During those days, I learnt how to keep my body in perfect shape, used trash cans and mud pots in place of weights and dumbbells. We also used to do a cultural function every six months in jail where I taught convicts serving out life sentences to mouth dialogues, sing, dance and express themselves through skits. These people became my family during the hard times and came to encourage me when I was giving up.”
~Sanjay Dutt

Even in the worse situations, he avoided the worst. He revealed that he completely severed company or communication with inmates who were convicted for rape, for murdering their wives and committing heinous crimes against women. He said that he firmly believes that women are the embodiment of the divine and they must not be stripped off their divinity.

He resorted to reading and used to read extensively. He would borrow books every week front the prison library, mainly in Hindi literature. Apart from Munshi Premchand, he also read a handful of spiritual accounts which gave him courage and strength to bear his punishment.

Radio YCP

 

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He saw a brief escape from real life to his reel life through the Yerewada Central Prison’s Radio station. The jail’s internal radio station welcomed him as a host for which he would recite his own scribbles and manuscripts. He would bring up the topics about revamp and reformation in his sessions. He would speak about the difficulties in prison life, how to bear and survive it and how to reform and rehabilitate, once set free.
The actor would repeat his famous dialogues from Munnabhai movies and keep his listeners entertained.

“The time I spent in jail made me realize a lot of things. It broke my ego.”
From serving as prisoner number 16656 to completing 5 years of imprisonment, from being kept in solitary confinement to earning a daily wage of Rs.50 from making paper bags, Sanjay Dutt has seen it all.
“It was no easy walk to freedom” he says. Given his determination and renaissance, he has truly earned his freedom and a place in our hearts!

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7 reasons why Batman is The Batman

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Throughout the comic history, there have been several superheroes and villains with tremendous amount of power
and expertise but no one matches the likes of the caped crusader we all know and love. And this monologue indeed means business “I am Batman”. Here are 7 reasons why Batman is the most epic superhero of all
times:-

PEAK STRENGTH

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Though Batman doesn’t possess any sort of superhuman powers or abilities, it’s his peak strength which enables him to fight off waves after waves of countless enemies. His ability in close hand to hand combat enables him to survive against all odds.

ALTERNATE VERSIONS

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Batman has not only entertained the readers with his fancy gadgets and fighting skills but several alternate versions across the multiverse have been equally instrumental in cementing his place in comic history’s golden throne.
Bonus fact: In Flash Point Paradox, Bruce Wayne dies and the mantle of responsibility shifts towards Thomas Wayne’s shoulders…and this version of Batman uses guns.. Spooky indeed!

CONTINGENCY PLAN

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Batman is the only superhero who knows all the weaknesses of his allies from the Justice League. In trying to build a contingency plan to thwart the ambitions of a rogue Justice League, the caped crusader recorded a series of audio files which consisted of a detailed account on how to stop a rogue Justice League. Now that’s some futuristic planning!

YELLOW CORPS?

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Batman indeed strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies when he is seen lurking in the shadows of the crime filled streets of Gotham City. And this particular trait is what fascinates every reader, ally and of course his enemies. The infamous Yellow Lantern Corps, yes the villains from the Green Lantern universe, caught attention of Batman and the Yellow Ring chose none other than Batman from Earth. Damn he’s such a badass!

DOPE TEST FAILURE

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Batman has an immense willpower which makes him literally invincible no matter who stands in front of him. But physical strength matters as well…. So to increase his strength he once chose to take steroids, the results…….. He became immensely strong and aggressive which was beneficial to his crime fighting career, but it started to control him and in turn made him a drug addict. Eventually Batman locked himself and detoxicated himself which did work out pretty well.

THE FAMILY

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Batman has a vast array of gadgets and cars, not to mention he has tons of cash which already is a plus point, but above all he has his own family which is totally dedicated towards crime fighting. From Night Wing to Robin and all the way to Red Hood, hell even Batwomen have been in his team. Other superheroes have their different versions in different timelines but Batman has his own vigilante family which gives him an edge.

BATMAN- GOD KILLER

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Although Batman has his fair share of achievements from the past but the one which stands out above all is his victory against the Apokolipsian Drakseid. Batman hasn’t just defeated him once but twice. His first encounter saw
him shooting the Apokolipsian with a God Killer gun (the first time he used a gun in his crime fighting career) and he achieved the same fate again by using the Hellbat armour while the Justice League was in shambles. He’s just so
good!

In this world where people have always been hungry for power, Batman has always been there to symbolize humanity. Ans he still continues to inspire us all that “we’re all capable of doing more than we think of”, and that’s why he is my favourite superhero, what about y’all!?

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